I do always begin with something I found, usually when I wasn’t looking (on the internet, on a random road trip, in a desk drawer I thought was empty). Sometimes it’s a quote, a set of facts, an object…the more random or obscure, the better, because I like to think I’m the first one (or at least the first one in awhile) to discover it and wanna make something of it. This feeling of discovery, however unwarranted, is preferable to the feelings I have when I try to invent.

Then I paste or retype these little scraps so that there’s something ‘real’ on the page to work with, or at least look at, when I begin the actual writing part, which often doesn’t happen until weeks or months later.  That way, when I re-open the document,I have place to start from.

Rosalynn Tyo