“…At the heart of writing and the inner life is the quest for truth and truthfulness; the spiraling down deeper and deeper into the subtleties of your experience so that the experience itself may surprise you with unimagined revelations and insights. A good place to start is with those images that have lived on in your mind and imagination for decades, and that unknown to you, may have helped to shape who you are. This is what I call a shimmering image, a phrase that I borrowed from the writer Lisa Dale Norton. And shimmering images are what I encourage people to recover in my classes, as part of the difficult and exhilarating process of bringing one’s interior life out onto the page.”
You can read Housden's complete reflection here.