Most of the time, it starts with a line that pops into my head that is spoken in a very specific voice. I type that line and then I type another, and the story builds from there. Rarely, I’ll end up deleting those first lines. Every once in a while I’ll see an image, or have an idea I want to explore further, and I’ll try to write toward it. A lot of the time that image ends up being the final image in the story; I have to write just to get there. I remember this one moment in grad school, when my advisor said, ‘Now you’re truly seeing.’ I nodded like I understood but I didn’t, not for a while. But what he meant was instead of forcing it, instead of building the story like it was made of Lego, I sat back and saw what was there and wrote that instead. A lot of that comes from trusting yourself, trusting that you have stories worthy of writing and, even more so, worthy of reading.
Lindsay Hunter

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