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 writing is like that - we don't feel like writing, or maybe doing anything when the skies outside are grey and snow is on the ground. But you pick up your pen any way and decide you are just going to give it ten minutes. You think about how you used to like snow when you were a kid. How your mother stood over the stove and made hot cocoa for you when you came in from the cold. How her cheeks were red as apples and she sang that song that made you giggle. Suddenly your pen is flying across the page and words - and lines - are tumbling out. To find inspiration, you have to begin and you do. This isn't just about writing well but living well. Aren't we lucky?
Writing in Community
Right now as we write, it is January. The Christmas decorations are down, the days are cold and gray, and all the excitement of the holiday season is behind us. For our friend, Katie, this is a dangerous time of year, a time that depression sets in and makes itself at home, casting a dark veil over everything she does. She has learned how to cope, however, scheduling activities to lend variety and a sense of adventure to each day. She makes “to-do” lists of errands as well as occasions of fun, and crosses out each one as it is accomplished. Many days she doesn’t feel like going out into the cold for a walk in the park, but once into the walk, her spirits lift; and as she crosses out each item on her list, she experiences a sense of accomplishment. We do what we can to make it through.