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.
People experience a deep and profound awareness when they tap into their subconscious. Sometimes, our dreams will give us a new insight as to what is bubbling below the surface. More often for writers, it's the very process of putting pen to paper when we find something is stirred and released. We write in a flurry not knowing where our words will take us - and then a memory, a trigger, that opens the dam and we pour ourselves out on the page.
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Another thing. When we dip down into the well of our subconscious to write, astonishing things happen. The past comes floating back—or sometimes screaming back at us. We write in a burst of emotion, letting all the remembered hurt and betrayal, the anguish, loss and pain of the past come gushing out through the tips of our pens as if a dam has broken. And when it comes time to read, the tears may come pouring out as well. You are doing authentic writing and it will bring about authentic emotion. So let the tears come. Blow your nose, take a couple of deep breaths, and know that you are doing the hard work of being a human being—and a writer.