Two months ago I was invited to join a local Christian writers group called the Writer's Crucible. I had known of this group for quite some time and was honoured to be asked to become a member.
We meet on the third Tuesday of each month for mutual encouragement and to provide feedback (critiques) on each other's writing.
Tonight I was looking for an online dictionary to give me some definitions of the word "crucible".
Here are some of my findings:
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cru·ci·ble (krōō'sə-bəl) Pronunciation Key n.
1. A vessel made of a refractory substance such as graphite or porcelain, used for melting and calcining materials at high temperatures.
2. A severe test, as of patience or belief; a trial. See Synonyms at trial.
3. A place, time, or situation characterized by the confluence of powerful intellectual, social, economic, or political forces: "Macroeconomics . . . was cast in the crucible of the Depression" (Peter Passell).
What the Writer's Crucible is is really a combination of all three of the above definitions.
One thing is certain, I've already benefited greatly from associating with these fellow scribes and I look forward eagerly to each meeting.
Thanks, Bev, for inviting me to be part of this wonderful group!