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).

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open invitation no. 57: Write

Just write.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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open invitation no. 52: home

What do you love about home?

In January Julie Cox wrote a blog post with the simple title, “Home.” It took my breath away and was one of those bits that tucked into my heart, and my writer’s spirit played with the ideas and the words. I’ve been thinking about writing on the topic of home since I read Julie’s post.

The invitation is to use “Home” as a mentor. Mentors are important to writers because they offer inspiration and training. Perhaps Julie’s writing will serve as a mentor for topic choice. Perhaps it will serve as a mentor for writing in real and raw ways. Perhaps it will serve as a mentor for a craft move.

Julie opens “Home” with these words —

I have lived in Kentucky for my whole life, but I haven’t always loved Kentucky as much as I do now. When I was younger, I was embarrassed that this state was my home. My family loved to travel, and when people found out where we were from, they might check our feet for shoes or compliment us on the great chicken. I’ll never forget a Florida cousin who let her boyfriend talk to me on the phone so he could find out what a southern person sounded like. How much farther south than Florida can you get?

JULIE COX

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open invitation no. 51: spring

Be inspired by spring.

I think words are fun when they can mean different things. Check out all of the definitions for spring.

  1. Move or jump suddenly or rapidly upward or forward.
  2. Originate or arise from.
  3. The season after winter and before summer, in which vegetation begins to appear, in the northern hemisphere from March to May and in the southern hemisphere from September to November.
  4. A resilient device, typically a helical metal coil, that can be pressed or pulled but returns to its former shape when released, used chiefly to exert constant tension or absorb movement.

[Definition from a Google search.]

The invitation today is to be inspired by “spring.” If you need more ideas, the Merriam-Webster definition is even more in depth, including to pay, as in “I’ll spring for drinks,” and many 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.

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open invitation no. 50: pause

Give a pause.

Pauses in writing, just as in life, are a beautiful thing. How might you add a pause to your writing? Here are some of my favorite ways.

  • Use ellipsis…or sometimes informally called dot-dot-dot. This word stems from the Greek word, élleipsis, meaning to leave out. First graders often use this convention to build suspense. When first graders learn how the ellipsis gives pause and makes the reader wonder what’s going to happen, they begin using it all…of…the…time…
  • Write a one sentence paragraph. It is no surprise that I love the one sentence paragraph. One reason to use it is to give the reader pause.
  • Leave white space. Did you know this is called interstice? (I didn’t either until Christy Rush-Levine started her blog: interstice.)
  • Add a photo. Using a visual to break up the text will allow a pause in your writing. elsie is the queen of this technique.

*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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