open invitation no. 61: big

Write about a time something felt big.

Sometimes it is easy to forget that the world is big and I am small. Humans don’t like to be small, because it is easy to believe that small is insignificant.

It is not.

Rather than thinking about the small matters, the beautiful details of tiny experiences and objects, consider writing about a time something felt big. A big sky, a big moon, a big mountain.

It can be literal and inspired by nature, or it can be figurative. Of course, you can write about something else entirely. The point is to write and to share what you write.

*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

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open invitation no. 60: oops

Sometimes things go haywire.

Even the best laid plans and the most honorable intentions can be derailed from time to time. The important thing is we pick up and keep going. If it’s been a hot minute since you’ve shared a story, remember that it’s okay. You can always make space to write this week.

*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

PS—I started a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.

write

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share

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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. 59: flowers

“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and a man cannot live without love.”

—Max Muller

Share a memory of a flower.

*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

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write

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share

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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!

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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. 58: Scents

Adding scent to your writing makes the reading experience more powerful for the reader.

Recently my friend gave me a diffuser. I added it to my studio and have been dropping lavender essential oil in the well. Each time I work as a writer I turn it on. Months later, the scent of lavender is a cue for me to start working as a writer.

This detail gives you new insight into my work space. Even if you’ve seen pictures of my studio and know that it is just the fancy name I’ve given my oversized laundry room where I create, you can imagine a more-real version of my workshop.

Scent is powerful. It is something that can cue habits and recall memories. Let’s use it as writers, too, and pull people into our scenes. The invitation this week is to add a little scent to your writing…it just makes “sense” (wink).

*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

PS—I started a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.

write

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share

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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!

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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. 57: Write

Just write.

What’s a small moment that you almost missed this week? Write about it.

*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

PS—I started a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.

write

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share

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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. 56: Storms

A storm is either brewing, raging, or settling for everyone. Always.

Everyone you meet, everyone you scroll past on social media, everyone who is walking on this big rock of a planet has a storm brewing, a storm raging, or a storm calming around them. It is true for you. It is true for me.

Today’s invitation is to take time to consider the storms you’ve faced in life. It can be literal, like the time you survived the tornado or when your parents waited for a fuel pump during a hurricane evacuation. It can be figurative, like the moment you received the diagnosis or the afternoon when you were forgotten.

Rather than writing about the storm, make a list of words or statements that describe the struggle this storm caused you. Your list can include helpful and not so helpful thoughts. Jot a list. Storms and struggles are part of life. They also make great topics for writing.

*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

PS—I started a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.

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. 55: Stop

Sometimes writers stop one thing to write.

What can you stop doing in order to make time and space to write?

Go stop it.

Write.

And share your post with the #sosmagic community.

*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

PS—I started a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.

write

Open your blog and write a post. Just write.

share

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comment

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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. 54: out loud

Read your writing aloud while you draft.

I constantly read my writing aloud as I draft. This allows me to:

  1. Hear the sound of the words.
  2. Slow down and consider the meaning.

This allows me to craft the writing and make the words bubble or burrow. Try it. Read your draft aloud. Hear the sound of the words. Consider the meaning.

*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

PS—I started a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.

write

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share

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comment

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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. 53: habits

Make it happen.

Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.
—Warren Buffet

Habit is essential for writers. If we develop a habit that allows us to enter into writing, then we will write more often. Consider the habit you have for joining #sosmagic. Do you have a reminder alarm? Do you decide to write first thing on Thursday morning or last thing on Wednesday? As you slide into blog writing, pay attention to the routines that make it happen. Then consider a routine to ensure it happens again and again. (We’d love to hear your habit in the comments as you share your links this week!)

*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

PS—I started a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.

write

Open your blog and write a post. Just write.

share

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comment

Comment on other blogs. 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