My first meeting with Cynthia was that afternoon at 4:00, and I was staring at an empty page, terrified.
Nothing was happening.
Totally embarrassed, I called Cynthia at about 10:00 and said that I had to cancel our appointment as I had nothing to show her.
She said, “Come at 4:00 and just write anything. I don’t care if you hand write it, I can read anyone’s handwriting.”
I realized that she knew I had nothing at 10:00 and was willing to look at whatever I produced in the next 6 hours. This was such a relief. Clearly she was not expecting the miracle I had wanted to show her.
Cynthia read the pages and became very excited.
“You see this idea; it can be expanded this way. And that idea can be developed that way.”
For the next hour she had taken my few pages and shown the way to a dissertation.
She assured me that I had indeed been productively ‘incubating,’ a concept that I have used to stave off frustration in the years to come.
I left her office empowered and excited and would remain so through out the entire process.
Cynthia was magic!