The first thing that’s necessary is to have a burning desire to write. You wake up in the morning and want to write about yesterday’s discoveries. When something spectacular happens to you, you want to write about it, and when you’re having a bad day, you want to get it out and let it go. Stories come to you at odd moments, and you want to get them down right then and there with no interruptions exactly the way it was in your head and you get frustrated because it’s hard to hold onto those ideas because they’re more than ideas, they’re sensations and beauty and complicated relationships and the orange in the sky over the lake streaked with lightening, a hint of the afterlife. Your ideas are more than you can handle in the span of a very long lifetime, and you know they’re good ideas if only you can write true and deep and get it down. Your writing is a seeking to know and wanting to connect with what truly must be God.