I lead a couple of wonderful writing groups and I love what happens during the writing sessions between the people. I also enjoy the wonderful writing that is shared after a timed writing on a particular topic. Each writer in the group has a different slant on the subject and each one approaches the topic from a completely different perspective. A dear lady in one of my writing groups wrote the following and shared it with me. She gave me permission to put it on my blog:
"I am discovering that writing in community (all present to each other) is strengthening and leads to self-discovery. The big plus of doing it together and sharing 5- or 10-minute "sprints" of writing is that we then can all identify with each other's selves and expand our self-awareness that way.
The point of the short timed writings is that no one can become self-conscious in so short a time, and the eloquence of the open human heart is inevitable. Maybe you might like to try it. It's not about being a good writer. Worrying about being a good writer can hinder. It's about opening the heart. Writing about the most ordinary things does it -- no high or low subjects -- just an openness that comes through writing with love. "
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