open invitation no. 87: a daring adventure

Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all

[Helen Keller]

Write about a daring adventure. It can be one that happened or one you hope to happen.

*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. 86: what’s your magic?

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.

[J.K. Rowling]

What is magical about your writing life? I think magic is a whimsical way to think about our strengths. Said another way, it’s a way to consider the power we carry inside of ourselves already.

I hope you will accept this invitation to name the magic of your own writing life. I promise you carry some inside of you.

*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. 85: fresh comparisons

Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.

[Tom Robbins]

Comparisons are good for writers. They help readers connect to the story or think about ideas in new ways. They are great for painting word pictures. The best comparisons are unexpected.

This invitation invites you to seek out a unique comparison. Consider three or more options before settling on using one in your 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.

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open invitation no. 84: stolen moments

Magic can be found in stolen moments.

[Francesca Lia Block]

I coached alongside a favorite teacher who insisted on taking advantage of golden moments. These were spaces in the day that you could swipe and complete a small task or organize a larger one. Now, more than a decade later, I still think about golden moments.

I wonder if golden moments are stolen moments that contain magic.

And now I’m wondering what stolen moments I can snatch in order to discover magic. Maybe you’ll share some of your stolen moments that have housed magic.

*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—There is a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.

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open invitation no. 83: art

The art of living lies in the fine mingling of letting go and holding on.

[Havelock Ellis]

My friends recently moved into a new home. They’ve been gathering art. Some was moved from their own home and some is newly purchased. When I came across this Ellis quote, it made me think about their art and the way it represents letting go and holding on, which makes me think about the art in my own home.

This invitation is about art. The art in your home, or the art of living. What is the fine mingling of letting go and holding on?

*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. 82: own your joy

A flower blossoms for its own joy.

[Oscar Wilde]

Make a list of your joys. Here are the guidelines.

  • Be specific. The color of the horizon just before sunrise.
  • Be ordinary. The squeaky-clean feel of my teeth on my tongue after I brush, floss, and rinse.
  • Be small. The smell of a just cracked banana peel.
  • Listen. The sound of first footsteps on the stairs.
  • Be aware. The moon hung low in the hazy night sky.

If it is fun for you, make this a photo essay. Otherwise, chose another genre that is fun for you.

*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. 81: scent of spring

Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?

[Neltje Blanchan]

Give it a try. Use words to describe the scent of spring.

*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. 80: be lyrical

I’m always looking for instances of people doing things for and with each other for pleasure, for passion, for camaraderie, from kindness. It’s the anthropology of people figuring out how to punctuate life with the lyrical.

[Debra Granik]

I like to make words dance. I’m drawn to the lyrical nature of writing, the fun of making words bend and hearts swoon. I’m constantly on a quest to shake words to form a giggle or a sigh. This is not something that happens by luck. We can be intentional about being lyrical. Try it in your writing.

  • Think about the sound of a sentence. Repeat sounds if possible.
  • Play with the cadence by changing the length of sentences.
  • Reach for a fresh comparison.
  • Include small details that others may never notice because they are in a rush.
  • Select a topic that is about doing something with or for others. This is sure to be lyrical.

Topic selection is a lyrical choice, and I can think of nothing more lyrical than serving others.

*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—There is a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.

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open invitation no. 79: turn toward the light

Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.

[Jim Carrey]

Stand still and turn. Open your eyes wider and look for the light. Name it. Name the light in your corner of the world. Now turn toward it.

The invitation is to turn toward the light and write about how it makes your life beautiful.

*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—There is a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.

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