“Notes—on Post-its, index cards, scraps of paper—have saved me as a writer.
Because they fade so fast, I’ve made a habit of writing down fragments of memory that arise or images or phrases, sometimes just isolated words. Then I put them in folders, see what belongs together with what, find out where those fragments lead, and build very slowly to an essay or poem. I’ve learned to use writing as an act of discovery, and such small notes are for me the fundamental source.”
—Floyd Skloot, author of The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life (University of Nebraska Press, 2008)