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.
In our writing group, I don't know how many times it has happened when after hearing a single word or phrase, I am "startled" into writing. Whether it's my own mental confinement that has kept me penning "in the box," or the rut of thinking small and everyday, when a word is offered during the generative process pre-step, something inside me is cracked open and my writing takes off like crazy!
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The point is that certain words or turns of phrase can stir emotions and memories. And it is especially true that when we are in the circle of a writing group and are encouraged to respond to what moves us, some of our best and most authentic writing will result. For Dee, a mere word stirred a decades-old memory: the neighbor tapping at the window, then the two women on the back porch where the cream separator stood. The smell of sour milk in the air, and the woman rearranging her clothing to reveal the bruises and the pain she endured. Dee was meant to write that poem, we believe, and we were meant to hear it, and if not for the writing group—and the relationships within—it would not have happened.