WRITING TIP: Invite the magic

freewritingSomething magic happens when we decide to write and commit to that process over time: We begin to pay attention, to notice connections and details we would ordinarily overlook. The world begins to show its symbolic nature and gets generous, sending us metaphors and clues, as though we have entered a treasure hunt for truth. As truths are revealed, we naturally feel an urge to share our discoveries and to communicate them as accurately as possible. As Anne Lamott put it, writing at its most basic level is simply about “learning to pay attention and to communicate what is going on.”