In a rush to get things done, are you treating the things you meet as though they are stones in a stagnant world? What if everything is alive and speaking to you, if only you had ears to hear? You can enliven your writing—and your day—by enlivening your perspective. Try taking a walk, opening to the messages that the world is trying to tell you. (Such as the guy walking toward you, carrying a yellow box—the same yellow that used to color your mother’s kitchen—and then the sign in the shop window, also yellow, that says “caution: breakable.”) Try warming up your writing time with a freewrite, using as a prompt the images you assembled on your walk, listening deeply and ready to be surprised by what they say.