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.
It's what happens when we overhear someone talking. A phrase or a word sticks with us and we are taken down another path opening to a world underneath or one that is high out of reach. Writing with others is a powerful way to explore the edges of existence, gently pushing us past our known universe. We are containers of living things, and when we listen to one another, something that has hibernated within us awakens and BABOOM - we connect and our hearts break open.
Writing in Community
Another thing occurs. Our vision enlarges so that it is as if we were a bird flying about and seeing the world from differing viewpoints—sometimes from the ground, sometimes from a branch high atop a tree. There are times we see with binocular vision and times we see through a wide-angle lens, and so we come to recognize how layered and textured the world truly is. People’s lives are different, and our stories are different, too, but when we are receptive, there are times that certain words or images float among us, and something sticks, as if the words were meant just for us. This exchange doesn’t happen with the body, but with the heart, and when it does, we learn ways to open up to the world.