Even if we go off alone to write in the wilderness, we have to commune with ourselves and everything around us: the desk, the trees, the birds, the water, the typewriter. We are not separate from everything else. It's only our egos that make us think we are. We build on what came before us, even if our writing is is a reaction to it or we try to negate the past. We still write with the knowledge of what's at our backs.
- Natalie Goldberg in Writing Down the Bones (Shambhala 2006)