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.
Sometimes we're told if we set aside time for ourselves we're being selfish or self-centered. The world needs people who want to make sense of it, doing what they can to unravel some of the confusions, the mysteries. Writers realize they have an obligation to do their art. Rainer Marie Rilke believed that "Everything is gestation, then bringing forth." Your voice is waiting to be heard. The world sorely needs you.
Writing in Community
What do we tell our husbands or wives, our other family and friends who need us and have grown accustomed to our always being available to them? We talk with them, and explain that our need for silence—for writing and/or meditation time—is as necessary for our sense of well-being—for our souls—as food and rest is for our bodies. So it is okay to let your family know that between eight and eleven in the morning, you will be writing and the door to your study will be closed. It is all right to tell your lunch group at work that although you will join them on Fridays, on the other days of the week, you will lunch alone in the lounge or at a park bench so that you can write. You do what you can to satisfy the needs of others and to fulfill your own needs. You make things work.