Back in 1953, Welty wrote to her friend William Maxwell that she straight-pins her stories together as she goes. “I used to use ordinary paste and put the story together in one long strip, that could be seen as a whole and at a glance — helpful and realistic. When the stories got too long for the room I took them up on the bed or table & pinned and that’s when my worst stories were like patchwork quilts, you could almost read them in any direction . . . I like pins.” You can find more of their correspondence in the book What There Is to Say We Have Said.