I will never forget sitting in Pat Schneider’s Amherst home, among the circle of writers gathered in her living room, and hearing her say:
Travel back in your own life to some time before this time and find yourself on a city street.
What is the quality of light?
Is anyone near you, or are you alone?
Stay there as long as you want. If something begins to happen, let it happen. When you are ready, very quietly pick up your pen and paper, and write whatever comes to you to write.