"We aren't knitting a sweater here. We're quilting. We're finding and making tiny pieces and then arranging them into a whole. We have one shard of pottery from an archeology dig and we don't know if it's a bowl or a cooking pot or what. So we keep finding fragments and brushing them off and then we'll have what we need."
Patricia Hampl on Memoir Writing as said in the Savoy Cafe (Prague) last evening over dinner
All it takes is the right metaphor for a way forward to come clear.