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.
Paying deep attention is a way to love the world. Waking up to the "Ten Thousand Things" around us is reason to pause and pause again. When we stop to admire the architecture of a dandelion puff, time suspends for us, and everything momentarily drops away. Holding the pen in our hand or tapping away on the computer do the same thing. When writers are in the moment scribbling words on a page, we are taken, too, out of time and place. And in the process, come in contact with the inner workings of life.
Writing in Community
Carl Henry, in The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, defines Kairos as “opportunity.” Whether we are artists or athletes or children at play, when we seize that opportunity, we experience a shift from “clock time” to time that is boundless and fluid. For writers, this occurs when we allow our work to absorb us and take us where it will. The pleasure of the pen scribbling on the page becomes our focus, the words and images which emerge, and it is as if we see with new eyes. Our vision sharpens, and we enter into direct contact with what the Chinese call the “Ten Thousand Things” which surround us. We linger and admire a blade of grass, its beautiful architectural structure; we delight in the delicacy of a dandelion seed puff—each time we do so seeing deeper into the nature of things and getting closer in touch with the inner workings of life.