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.
Getting high on writing? It has probably happened to every one of us. When time is suspended and our words flow effortlessly on the paper. Whatever the trigger, a word or phrase or maybe something we can't explain, we feel an exhilaration which takes us out of space and time.
Writing in Community
These optimal experiences may be called “flow” experiences, a term coined by psychologist Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi to describe an experience that flows spontaneously and effortlessly. People in flow are exhilarated. They lose themselves in tasks they love and experience a feeling of being “out of time.” Athletes describe this as being in the zone; musicians experience it in jam sessions, and writers find it jotting down one word after another. Csikzentmihalyi viewed reading and writing poetry as flow experiences and observed that “sometimes even one word is enough to open a window on a new view of the world, to start the mind on an inner journey.”