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.
Lucy Adkins grew up in rural Nebraska, attended country schools, the University of Nebraska and received her degree from Auburn University in Alabama. Her poetry has been published in various journals and magazines which include Rhino, Red Wheelbarrow, Northeast, South Dakota Review, Concho River Review, and several anthologies including Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace, Women Write Resistance,Crazy Woman Creek, and the Poets Against the War anthology. Her chapbook, One Life Shining: Addie Finch, Farmwife, was published in 2007 by Pudding House Press, and her non-fiction book, Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer's Block and Transform Your Life, co-written with Becky Breed, was published by WriteLife in 2013. She also co-writes a blog of encouragement and inspiration for writers which can be found at www.writeincommunity.com.
When I was a new writer, I struggled to find my way into the writing world. I had trouble keeping to my writing schedule, I knew something was missing from
my writing, but I didn't know how to get better. And I was lonely. It was only when I found a writing group--others who were on the same road as I was--that my work began to improve; and I began to live the life of writing I had always longed for. This book tells a little of the story of that journey, and how a writing group can make all the difference.
Writing in Community
Popular lore would depict writers as grubby, wild-eyed individuals who shut themselves off from the world to concentrate on their art. But, while we crave periods of solitude and silence in which to write, we also need community. We need friends, peers who understand that there is nothing more joyous than an hour of the pen racing across the page, and there is nothing like the despair of day after day of not writing. We need someone to assure us that it is all right to take the time to write. We are not being self-indulgent. We have been blessed with a gift and it would be wrong to turn our backs on it. We need validation and understanding, and we need friendly support to keep on writing. This book is written to encourage you and help you in finding and sustaining a writing group that will do just that.