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”

open invitation no. 5: favorite words

Collect favorite words. Write them down. Writers get to have favorite words. It’s one of the perks of being a writer. Favorite words can happen because you like the meaning — hug, light, watermelon, fun. Favorite words can happen because you like the sound — sizzle, pumpkin, baloney. The ultimate favorite words are the onesContinue reading “open invitation no. 5: favorite words”

invitation no. 2: small things

Notice small things. Make a list of 7 things you have noticed. Review your list and challenge yourself to notice even smaller things. Perhaps you noticed the dishes that need hand washed. Look again and learn to notice the way the soap bubbles crackle with tiny rainbows. The world is full of ordinary moments andContinue reading “invitation no. 2: small things”