open invitation no. 30: magic unmasked

Masks hide magic.

The idea of a mask in any scenario has always fascinated me. Not only does it protect identity, it also allows one to hide. —Jason Reynolds

Today’s invitation to magic is to consider a mask you have encountered. It can be one you’ve worn; it can be figurative; it can be from a long time ago. Allow yourself to be fascinated.

Or, don’t write about a mask at all. Other topics can be magical, too.

write

Open your blog and write a post. Just write.

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I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

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 shed all the shoulds, and relish in being you.

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Pop around and visit some other blogs. Leave a comment about the ideas or the craft…encourage and soak up the magic that will find you.

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Use one of these images so we can find each other…and you can invite others to share their stories with us!

Offer an invitation to others.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

open invitation no. 28: what stifles you?

Don’t be stifled.

What stifles you? It’s not about what stops you, nor what makes things difficult for you. When I made a little list about what stifles me, I found it was all within me.

  • getting it right
  • not doing things wrong
  • feeling like I’m a silly girl in the middle of a cornfield
  • thinking I shouldn’t spend time writing my stories

The world likes to stifle storytellers. Don’t be stifled.


write

Open your blog and write a post. Just write.

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Use one of these images so we can find each other…and you can invite others to share their stories with us!

Offer an invitation to others.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

open invitation no. 27: fall food

Take a bite.

What are your favorite fall foods? What were your traditional favorites when you were a kid? Share some with others. Handwrite a recipe or drop a taste on a co-worker’s desk. When we share our favorites, the joy is magnified. Take a bite, and share a story about fall food with us!


write

Open your blog and write a post. Just write.

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Pop around and visit some other blogs. Leave a comment about the ideas or the craft…encourage and soak up the magic that will find you.

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Use one of these images so we can find each other…and you can invite others to share their stories with us!

Offer an invitation to others.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

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, but I can find magic…

Today the grey sky rolled over the backyard, followed by the wind and then the rain started spitting. I could smell fall arriving.

A few months ago there were so many fireflies that glittered filled the backyard.

The International Space Station arcs over our backyard, and we stand in the dark and watch in awe.

There is an orchestra with crickets and locusts and the caw of birds. The train horn is carried across the miles, drifting into our backyard.

Take time to notice the ordinary and I hope you’ll find some magic.


write

Open your blog and write a post. Just write.

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Pop around and visit some other blogs. Leave a comment about the ideas or the craft…encourage and soak up the magic that will find you.

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Use one of these images so we can find each other…and you can invite others to share their stories with us!

Offer an invitation to others.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

open invitation no. 25: commentary on the setting

Take time to offer commentary on the setting.

Writers often add setting description to their scenes. It is fun to use the five senses, metaphors and similes to paint a picture of the setting for the reader. As readers we know that too much description can sometimes cause us to slog through the sentences.

Take time to offer commentary on the setting. What is happening inside of you—your thoughts and soul—as you experience the place? Share it with the reader.

If you need inspiration, check out Terje’s Instagram feed. She often shares her thoughts on the setting. I’ve realized that this makes me feel like I’ve visited the place and it makes her writing reach my soul.

I want my writing to reach souls, too, so I’m going to start adding a bit of commentary on the setting.


write

Open your blog and write a post. Just write.

share

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Pop around and visit some other blogs. Leave a comment about the ideas or the craft…encourage and soak up the magic that will find you.

grab an image for your blog

Use one of these images so we can find each other…and you can invite others to share their stories with us!

Offer an invitation to others.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

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 a long time I thought the magic of story came from stacking words. Recently, I realized the magic of story happens when a story is released into the world and it wraps around someone’s heart. The magic pulses when that someone lets the writer know the story mattered.

Reach out to someone who you know wants to write and invite them to join us. Help them set up a blog…or dust off an old one. Reach out to someone from our #SOSmagic community and nudge them to write. Even if you haven’t written for awhile, it’s still okay to reach out to a writer friend.

Writer friends are important.


write

Open your blog and write a post. Just write.

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comment

Pop around and visit some other blogs. Leave a comment about the ideas or the craft…encourage and soak up the magic that will find you.

grab an image for your blog

Use one of these images so we can find each other…and you can invite others to share their stories with us!

Offer an invitation to others.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

open invitation no. 23: a series of three

Three is magical.

When you write in a series of three, magic is stirred. It is true. It is lyrical. It is bold. You can use a series of three by repeating sentences, phrases or words. It can add structure, cadence and meaning to your writing. I do it all the time, and I lovelovelove it.

Give it a try — a series of three — although you may want to think of it as The Magic of Three*.

*Early in my career, I heard someone refer to a series of three as “The Magic of Three,” I do wish I remembered who so I could give proper credit.


write

Open your blog and write a post. Just write.

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Pop around and visit some other blogs. Leave a comment about the ideas or the craft…encourage and soak up the magic that will find you.

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Use one of these images so we can find each other…and you can invite others to share their stories with us!

Offer an invitation to others.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

open invitation no. 22: you have time

Find time.

It has been many weeks since I’ve written a blog post on my own blog. Each week I know exactly what I want to write:

A list of things to never-forget from Hannah’s graduation party
The way whimsy took over and led us to offering a win for the kids
A few lines about my writer-self
The gratitude that comes with the shift from summer to fall

Each week light and darkness, mostly light, fill my days, and before I know it the moon is high in the sky and my blog post is only written in my mind.

Find time. It’s a discipline writers must develop. There will always be one more thing tapping for attention. Let’s make time to write and share our stories with this charming community. It’s a challenge that is for me, and I hope you’ll accept it, too!


write

Open your blog and write a post. Just write.

share

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comment

Pop around and visit some other blogs. Leave a comment about the ideas or the craft…encourage and soak up the magic that will find you.

grab an image for your blog

Use one of these images so we can find each other…and you can invite others to share their stories with us!

Offer an invitation to others.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic