open invitation no. 45: write fast

Sometimes, if you write fast without thinking, the words will break through. “Every writer I know has trouble writing.”—Joseph Heller I’ve been avoiding the post box. My blog writing is the writing I do for me. It’s the writing I do for fun. It’s the writing that is most unexpected. My blog writing is theContinue reading “open invitation no. 45: write fast”

open invitation no. 42: writing space

Take space for writing. Where do you take space for writing? It can be literal…where do you write? At the kitchen table? On your couch? Out back when the sun is rising in the sky? It can be figurative. What kind of mind space do you create so you can write? Deep breaths? Angry outbursts?Continue reading “open invitation no. 42: writing space”

open invitation no. 32: write off of a photograph

Look at the background. We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.—Ralph Hattersley Use a photograph to inspire your writing. Bypass the foreground and look to the background. What do you notice? What didn’t you see before? What is unexpected? Allow the background to guide your writing. *Remember, you don’t haveContinue reading “open invitation no. 32: write off of a photograph”

open invitation no. 26: ordinary magic

Open your eyes and find the ordinary magic all around you. Writers don’t have to have magnificent things happening in order to have things to write about; they simply decide to write about ordinary things. When this happens, the ordinary becomes magical. This happens in my back yard, which is as ordinary as they come,Continue reading “open invitation no. 26: ordinary magic”

open invitation no. 18: lists

Make a list. When I’m not sure I have the capability to write, I make a list. Lists are low-pressure. Lists are forgiving. Lists are acceptable. List of Lists to Write Current Favorites Gratitude List This I Know Things I Wonder Recent Small Moments List Tips Be specific…write the tiny details. Don’t worry about theContinue reading “open invitation no. 18: lists”

open invitation no. 10: just write

Just write. Each week there is an open invitation. It is open in the sense that it is for everyone. It is also open in the sense that you can give it a whirl…or not. Your choice. The magic of this community comes from sharing our stories. Any story…or poem…or letter…or anything else you wantContinue reading “open invitation no. 10: just write”