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.
I think all writers know the feeling--there is something inside you that wants to come out, to be expressed. We put pen to paper, but the words don't come. Or if a few manage to dribble out the ends of our pens, they are lame and inadequate.
It wasn't until I became involved in a generative writing group--a group which meets for the express purpose of generating new writing-- that the words started to flow. From there came poems and the beginnings of novels...and now this book!
Writing in Community
Robert Frost suggested that “a poem begins with a lump in the throat… a homesickness, a lovesickness.” All writing, we think, begins with this sort of feeling, this longing to express something intangible, something seemingly impossible to pin down. It may also begin with a single word or image. In Write On! we like to begin each writing session by reading out loud a poem or two from a writer whose work we admire. There is something about being read to. Perhaps it is the child in us, feeling safe, and feeling the freedom to let thoughts and images drift around in our minds. The words trigger something in us, create those lumps in the throat that help bring voice to our emotions.