“It began with a mental picture. I didn’t realize at the time it was symbolical.” William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
Pam Wolfson’s stories begin with a vivid image. An elderly man draws a fractured portrait of his departed wife. A teenage girl lies upon a frozen pond at midnight, afraid of the hidden world beneath her. This image inspires questions: Why did this happen? What does this person need? The story, inspired by questions and answers, is an act of exploration. Scenes emerge. Characters deepen their relationships and surprises happen. A final shape, after many revisions, coheres. The inciting image finds a home.