Writing in Community is a book of inspiration and encouragement for writers who want to reach deep within themselves and write to their fullest potential. There is magic in a successful writing group. This book helps writers tap into that magic, and with gentle wisdom and humor, experience unprecedented breakthroughs in creativity.
Becky's writing group has meant a lot to her. She loves the energy and synchronicity of using the generative process in the writing group to take her creativity to new heights. A longtime educator, poet and essayist, Becky draws the inspiration for her writing from the magic and wisdom of being present in the world. The strength and beauty of people continue to amaze her, and their guidance has been her best teacher. Her book, co-authored with Lucy Adkins, Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer's Block and Transform Your Life, won the 2014 Silver Independent Publishers Award in Writing/Publishing. Visit www.writeincommunity.com to view her blog and find posts about the writing life, inspiring writing exercises, and more.
When we are experiencing a struggle writing and nothing falls on our paper, we can change all of that by paying attention. To write, we must continue to pay attention to our world with all its wild sights and smells and sounds. We must care about our world, even love it, and through emotion and feeling, we start seeing things, sensing the electric current that runs through everything. We become passionate, maybe consumed, and suddenly there's not any separation - our words flow easily from our pens.
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We must “snap to,” recognize that we have been missing a lot in this wonderful world, and deliberately decide to do something about it. Think about babies and toddlers—how so much of every day is brand new, how much of what they see and hear and feel, they experience for the first time, and the wonder in that. Then, set an intention to seek out new adventures. Take a different route home from work, go to a reptile aquarium or roller-skating museum, decide to do your shopping at an Asian grocery store.