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.
How do we transform our lives into something meaningful? Of course we can go alone as writers. We do it all the time. But what happens when we feel that the well is dry and that everywhere we turn nothing inspires us. That's where a writing group comes in. Where the encounter itself offers freshness. The only way we can live into a larger existence is, I believe, by taking chances. We ourselves need to reach out. A writing group and that may mean only one other person may be the creative aphrodisiac we need.
Writing in Community
In the fellowship of the group, we move towards the instantaneous. We encounter new concepts, cockeyed ways of thinking, and images full of juice: hair sprouting like straw-colored weeds, reading the silt like tea leaves, moon wisdom shining on the sand. We let our hair down, step out of our comfortable skins and learn to trust what we write, no matter what pops up. “Writing frees me, letting me leap into another reality,” one group member observed. “It’s as if I press the remote, put the present in pause—and hang on for whatever might happen.”