“You begin to string words together like beads to tell a story.”
Writer Anne Lamott continues, “You are desperate to communicate, to edify or entertain, to preserve moments of grace or joy or transcendence, to make real or imagined events come alive.
“But you cannot will this to happen. It is a matter of persistence and faith and hard work. So you might as well just go ahead and get started.”
From her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
Creativity researcher R. Keith Sawyer, PhD describes one kind of “beads” Lamott uses: “She takes index cards everywhere, knowing that small bits and pieces of dialogue or character traits or events might come to her at any time.