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 morning when just waking up I had a vision of a piano, a lost girl, and a boat sailing across the ocean. "Aha" - they were the missing pieces to the story I was writing! Some may call this phenomenon inspiration - and believe me I was grateful for their arrival - but earlier that day I had sat in my favorite writing chair for five hours trying to piece the arc of a story together. For me, writing is work, work that is loved, and the more I apply myself, the greater the possibilities that descend from the sky, on in this case, color my dreaming world.
Writing in Community
For most of us, writing does not occur in a flash of inspiration; rather, it is a result (as one writer famously said) of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair—staring at the blank computer screen and eking out the words. But, in the midst of the everyday humdrum of writing, there are small moments that lead to great ideas and subsequently, great writing. The sudden insight as to an idea for the next chapter, the perfect story to illustrate a point, perhaps even something as small—but immensely important—as finding the right word for a poem. These are the “aha” moments when the pulse begins to thrum through your veins and you realize that something mysterious is happening.