Jo Ann Beard

THE IDEA IS THAT YOU have to fully imagine what you’re trying to write. The writer has to see everything: you have to see not just the highway but what’s beyond the headlights, what’s standing out in the trees; you have to know what earth looks like from the point of view of the stars; you have to know what lily pads look like from underneath, from the perspective of a fish on the bottom of a pond.

— Jo Ann Beard