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.
This passage was written for women, but I've come to realize that both men and women can celebrate with newfound creativity and zeal the second half of their lives. At this time, many family expectations and career choices are well drawn and it's possible to find a new spaciousness, a kind of kindling that burns with excitement and possibility. We behold a different future when we tap into the gifts we are given celebrating our uniqueness and what we share with the world.
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When we start believing that the second half of our lives can be a time for expansion, instead of merely maintaining a routine, we may find surprising new vitality and energy. We rise at dawn to answer the call of a poem that demands to be written; we burn the midnight oil revising. We begin to see through the eyes of someone with restored vision and purpose, someone who has dreams, and we see that those dreams, that had once seemed improbable, are now within reach. “For is it not possible that middle age can be looked upon as a period of second flowering, second growth,” writes Anne Morrow Lindberg in Gift from the Sea, “even a kind of second adolescence?”