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.
How do we find words to write our stories and poems? Solitude takes us places, letting us draw up something beyond our reach. The power of silence can open our heart in new ways and we pay attention to the voice of wisdom inside us. It asks us to pay attention and we go deeper and deeper into unknown territory. We can experience the deepest part of ourselves. And what flows on our papers is often profound.
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When we allow for silence in our lives, it can be like a walk in the woods after a long day, a time in which we leave behind the chaos of the world and open ourselves to the creative spirit. Silence is golden, the old saying goes, and it is particularly golden for writers, solitude providing an opportunity for the spark of inspiration to ignite. Our stories and poems—the words we were meant to write—lie hidden at the threshold of consciousness, just waiting to be discovered. How do we encourage them to tiptoe out into the open? We may have to change our life a bit, Naomi Shihab Nye advises: “What we have to do is live in a way that lets us find them.”