open invitation no. 29: shed all the shoulds

Be true to you. There is no one in the world like you, and you are just the way you should be. When the year piles up, sometimes it can weigh us down and be heavy on our shoulders. It’s easy to think we should be different than we are. Take time today to shedContinue reading “open invitation no. 29: shed all the shoulds”

open invitation no. 24: Make writer friends.

Writer friends are important. The act of writing is rather solitary, which is why writer friends are essential. It’s one of the endearing things about Sharing Our Stories and the abbreviation — SOS. The distress signal, SOS, is not an abbreviation. I wrote about it here, when I was first dreaming about #SOSmagic… For aContinue reading “open invitation no. 24: Make writer friends.”

open invitation no. 19: your writer self

Describe yourself as a writer. My son Jordan is a high school sophomore and in creative writing. On his first day of school he came home with an assignment: to describe himself as a writer. “I’m halfway done,” he said. It made me chuckle, because I wondered if he were halfway done with the assignmentContinue reading “open invitation no. 19: your writer self”

open invitation no. 13: claim sacred space

Claim a sacred space in each day. The days go by in a flash. Slam-bam and you are crawling into bed. Writers are just like everyone else, except they’ve decided to claim sacred space in each day to pause. Learn to make pause. Stop. Notice. Think some thoughts. Sacred means something you protect. Protect theContinue reading “open invitation no. 13: claim sacred space”

open invitation no. 7: open your arms

Open your arms. Still wider. It’s special, the way this community is built around invitations. I’ve had a lot of fun extending invitations to writers. One person responded, “I’m sure you sent this to a huge group of people…” Actually, it’s not been like that. I’ve waited until I’ve felt a nudge to mention itContinue reading “open invitation no. 7: open your arms”

open invitation no. 3: open arms

Open your arms. Wide. Wider. We know that writers must pay attention. It is with open eyes that writers notice things the rest of the world scurries past. When we see the ordinary and the small, then magic brews. This week, let’s consider living with wide open arms, too. Fling open your arms, and youContinue reading “open invitation no. 3: open arms”

invitation no. 1: begin

It isn’t important why you stopped. It matters why you begin. There are good reasons for quitting things, but sometimes the important thing is to begin…or to start again. You could lament all the reasons why you don’t write. Some of them are valid. Many are reasonable. Most are understandable. None of them are important.Continue reading “invitation no. 1: begin”