We all seek to be part of something bigger than ourselves, to find a place where we fit, we belong and feel included. A writing class or group can provide this sense of belonging, as a community of people with similar interests and needs forms.
This writing community can become an anchor for us. It can help us to keep focused, to keep grounded. Its stabilizing forces can help us to keep going on our own personal journey while at the same time sharing the experience with others. It provides us with a sense of inwardness while also looking outwards towards others, to join with others in order to achieve our own goals.
Without a writing community we might easily let our writing drift. We might lose sight of our end goals. We might move away from our target, getting distracted by other areas of our lives. The writing community draws us back in, closer to our goals. It also extends us, giving us sustenance and encouraging our creativity, drawing out our energy and enthusiasm.
In the writing community we learn from each other and we share our thoughts and feelings about the experience. We listen while others talk about what works for them when writing. We are inspired by the capability of other members of the group. We are relieved when others are supportive of our efforts. We grow in confidence and our purpose becomes clearer as we see others who share our goals.