How to begin writing a novel? How to keep on writing? I begin a book starting with the earth and write from the ground up. My upcoming novel, Spiral, begins with young Willow looking out over dry Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, for her lover. The ancient Anasazi of the Four Corners area knew the connection between Earth, Sky, Spirit and Story too. They designed their Great Houses and created rock drawings to align with the equinoxes and solstices. The heavens still illuminate the spirit of what they left behind long ago.