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.
We get to re-live our passions again and again when we write firsthand about our experiences. No matter what has happened or how much time has passed when we evoke the experience and put those words on paper, the quickening is still there, we can feel the tingle in our feet. A feeling, perhaps, that the world has dropped out from under us.
By allowing ourselves to be fully immersed in the writing, we can feel the passion, the emotion. And at that moment, we are transported to another time and place.
Writing in Community
You write about the memory of your mother when she showed the first signs of Alzheimers, when she could not remember her sister’s name. You are in the room with her by the kitchen window, taking her hand, your own hand trembling. You tap into the image of your rat terrier pup crawling out of the barn, and you see again his crushed back leg and cradle him in your arms. These stories become alive again as we do not experience them secondhand, from a distance, but firsthand, inserting ourselves into the writing with “a kind of fierce entrance into our own being at the moment, and allow[ing] ourselves to be taken,” as David Whyte asserts.