For me the whole process begins with Henry James’ advice: A writer should strive to be a person on whom nothing is lost. So my first task is to pay strict attention—with all of my senses—to whatever moment I am in. What I am trying to be alert to are things that have for me a kind of shimmer of resonance around them, things that, were I with a trusted friend, I would say, “hey, look at that!” or “did you hear that?”
Cover Page Footnote
"How I Write" was originally published at Booth.
"How I Write,"
Booth: Vol. 5
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/booth/vol5/iss10/4