Compression: Laura Davis

“As writers, we must be obsessed with compressing: moments, glances, scents or notes. We begin with the narrative of our experience of the world, and then slowly begin to pressurize our memories. We zoom with a microscope, whittle away with a pocketknife, press and press until we reveal a concentrated moment. Compression is meditative, slow, methodical. Choosing only the right words: that’s a lot of pressure. Writing is compression.” &#8212 Laura Davis