open invitation no. 49: sunset challenge

Capture a sunset.

Consider capturing a sunset. It can be a sunset from long ago or one that’s happened this week. Here’s the challenge:

  • Don’t use color words — red, pink, purple, but still allow us to visualize the color of the sunset.
  • Don’t use seasonal words, but give us a sense of the time of year.
  • Do reflect your “inside story” by describing the “outside story” of the sunset.

*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. 48: slice

Capture a Slice of Life.

I remember writing slices before it was a thing. Back when there were just two teachers who loved teaching and loved writing and wanted to write alongside one another about teaching writers, even though they were 865 miles apart.

A lot has changed since then. The magic of a slice, though, remains. Today, regardless of whether you are joining the March 2021 Slice of Life Challenge, I would like to invite you to write a slice of life.

*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. 47: for sure

What do you know for sure?

What do you know for sure?
What do you know is true?
What do you know by heart?

Try to capture what you know for sure in a list or a poem or a scene.

*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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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. 46: oops

There are times writing goes awry.

An email from an #SOSmagic story collector arrived in my inbox with a link to her post for this week. I mentally slapped my forehead with my palm because I realized invitation number 46 didn’t go live last Thursday. It takes a matter of minutes to fix it, but here I am, three days later, just now making a post live.

I used to let this kind of mistake drag me down.
Now I’ve learned to say, “Oops.”

There’s a Bob Ross quote that hangs on the door from our house to our garage. It is a reminder to the whole family and goes like this:

“I don’t make mistakes. I make happy, little accidents.”

Bob Ross

Oops has a lot more power than negative expletives. Oops means I’m moving on without being pulled down. I hope you’ll share a story, even though the invitation was a little late 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

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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. 45: write fast

Sometimes, if you write fast without thinking, the words will break through.

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.”
—Joseph Heller

I’ve been avoiding the post box. My blog writing is the writing I do for me. It’s the writing I do for fun. It’s the writing that is most unexpected. My blog writing is the writing I allow to trail out of my heart and curl into magic.

I’ve worked hard to keep a space in my writing life that can be just for magic. And, by magic, I mean a space that doesn’t have to be perfect…a space that doesn’t have rules.

I’ve noticed there are others in this community who ebb and flow in their writing lives. I miss them when they don’t post. I miss me when I don’t post, too.

So here’s my best advice: sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and write fast. Don’t think, and definitely stop overthinking. Just write. Fast.

I think you’ll find some magic when you let the words break through.

*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. 44: writing love

Some write in agony, but for me, love is the best motivation I know.

[Happy Valentine’s Day]

What do you love about writing? What makes you want to open a post box? What makes you fill a notebook page? Do you write because of love, or is there another motivation?

For me, writing allows me to love wholly and to love well. Writing allows me to notice the world, and writing gives me pause to appreciate the world.

*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. 43: dare to care

Dare to care. You might get hurt, but it is one way to fully live.

“Caring—about people, about things, about life—is an act of maturity.
—Tracy McMillan

What are the things you care about? Who are the people who have your heart? How do you dare to care? Caring is an act of maturity and an excellent writing topic.

*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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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. 42: writing space

Take space for writing.

Where do you take space for writing?

It can be literal…where do you write? At the kitchen table? On your couch? Out back when the sun is rising in the sky?

It can be figurative. What kind of mind space do you create so you can write? Deep breaths? Angry outbursts? Joy?

It can be topical. What kinds of topics take space in your writing? For me it tends to be: faith, adoption, writing, teaching.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve written, take some space to make it happen. We miss you…and your stories.

*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. 41: fancy

Be a little fancy.

“Everybody wants to be someone fancy. Even if they’re just shy.”
—Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

If you’re looking for a writing topic, consider something fancy. Fancy, I am sure, conjures different ideas for all of us.

If you already know your topic and you’re looking for a way to write it, be fancy. Try fancy words. Try fancy paragraph breaks. Try a fancy genre.

If you’re having trouble getting in the writing mood, break out something fancy. Maybe you have a fancy hat, a fancy ring, a fancy tea cup, or fancy cheese. All of these things have the potential to make you feel writerly.

*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