It is an extremely common mistake. People think the writer’s imagination is always at work, that he’s constantly inventing an endless supply of incidents and episodes, that he simply dreams up his stories out of thin air. In point of fact, the opposite is true. Once the public knows you’re a writer, they bring the characters and events to you, and as long as you maintain your ability to look and to carefully listen, these stories will continue to seek you out over your lifetime.
You look at her like she is the sea at the bottom of a cliff. Like the leap into her depths will either kill you, drown you, or set you free.
—  The Way You Look at Her | Nikita Gill