Sometimes, I imagine that a story begins in the way that ripples do in calm water. An action creates sound—a pebble disrupting the still surface—and meaning spreads outward from there. Each wave reminds me that the impact is additive, too. Sounds shape words, words shape sentences, sentences shape paragraphs, and so on. Visually, it’s a useful metaphor that focuses my attention on the power of words; on how they give form to the story like those concentric rings reshaping the body of water.