“Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.”
I’ve been thinking about this ever since I read it–this idea of listening FOR the story. I think this is the big purpose of the discovery phase of writing. We write intuitively and we listen…we pay attention…for seeds of a story.