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, as women we think we need to look outside ourselves to find what we need. The truth is that we have everything we need inside us. Maybe our power is hidden away - and it's still there - but it's up to us to find it. Being a writer is part talent, part effort, and part believing in yourself. Only listen to the voices in your head that are positive and affirming. They will help you on the road to writing.
Writing in Community
From the time we were little, we have been taught to distrust the power inherent within us—first from our nuclear families, then from well meaning adults—all in an effort to “protect us.” “Act like a lady,” we are told. “You’re not strong enough. Let your brother help you.” These admonishments have a way of diminishing us, and diminishing our power. Many of us have been raised to believe that we alone are not enough, or not good enough, and that the values and expectations of the external world are more important than our own. Sometime along the way, during childhood or early adolescence, we may buy into this self-limiting system, our voices becoming softer and softer, until they are silenced altogether.