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.
Writers must see themselves at the center of the creative process and identify with a larger world than meets the eye. For this writer, it wasn't five hours of boredom and idleness at the airport. Her time spent was abundant and rich providing inspiration for her poetry. We must allow the little things in the world to inspire us. The muse will come no matter where we are if we are open to it.
Writing in Community
A writer friend tells about a time she spent in the Chicago O’Hare airport, her flight delayed, in the days before Thanksgiving. She had been reading poetry—and writing—and her head was brimming over with images, her mind playful. She walked the hallways of the airport delighting in everything she saw—the atrium of ficus trees filled with birdsong, the underground corridor that bloomed with tulips of light—the colors of yellow, green, blue, and pink seeming to grow and blossom in time to music that tinkled like bells. And the people! Air Force cadets, men in business suits, elegant ladies mincing on high heels, young men and women in ski hats and hiking boots, and everywhere babies—blue-eyed, brown-eyed, button-nosed babies munching Cheerios from sandwich bags, giggling, wide-eyed as our friend taking it all in. She said that it was the most wonderful five hours in an airport she’d ever spent, and later, of course, she wrote about it, and experienced it all again.