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.
Inside us is everything we need. At times, this statement doesn't seem to be on target. As writers we sometimes look to other places and things for something to hang to. There's no question we need community and friends - we thrive on it. But the only anchor you can depend on again and again is what's inside you and that's enough.
Writing in Community
Yet, we sometimes don’t recognize that what’s inside us is all we need to feel grounded. We look to the outside world for help in the form of quick fixes—a new relationship, a new drug, the fad of the moment—anything that will help us feel that we have value, that we belong. But when we write, we are given exactly what we need—we just have to recognize it. “I read and walked for miles at night along the beach,” Anna Quindlen wrote, “writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that person could be me.”