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.

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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

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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. 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

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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. 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

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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. 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.

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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. 41: breaks

Maybe it’s time to make a break.

One of my favorite craft moves is paragraphing. No joke. I like the way a simple break changes the sound and, sometimes, the meaning.

Naturally, I am also quite fond of line breaks in poetry
and in prose.

After you write, take time to reread and consider the paragraph breaks
and the line breaks
that could be arranged differently. Writers call this revising. Revising literally means to look again. Look again at the breaks in your writing.

To note, I think this is exceptional advice for all aspects of life. Look again and consider when or where you need a break.

*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. 40: write

It’s okay if you don’t know what to think.

Sometimes writers don’t know what they think. Sometimes writers don’t know what to feel. There are lots of emotions and lots of confusing things that happen in the world. This is a reminder that it’s okay to write, even when you don’t know what to think.

*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.

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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. 39: word

Write off of a word.

It is popular to select One Little Word in lieu of a resolution. Maybe you kept a word close during 2020. Maybe you didn’t. Perhaps you are thinking of One Little Word for 2021. Perhaps you aren’t.

The prompt today, if you are looking for inspiration, is to select a word and write about it. See where it leads you. As we know, because we are writers, words are magical.

*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.

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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. 38: rituals

Rituals are comforting

“There is a comfort in rituals, and rituals provide a framework for stability when you are trying to find answers.” —Deborah Norville

Rituals are comforting. Every morning, since I was a little girl, I’ve opened my eyes and think, “It’s going to be a good day.” It’s a ritual that starts my day.

This year I decided I was going to drink the best cup of coffee or tea every day. It’s a ritual I love. I take a sip from my mug of steaming liquid and I think, “That is the best drink I’ve ever had.”

Some mornings I forgo the cup of warmth and have ice water instead. I think, “That is the crispest water I’ve ever tasted.”

It’s a ritual I relish—beginning every day with the best drink I’ve ever had.

What about you? What rituals in your life are comforting?

*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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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