I highly recommend reading this discussion. Here’s my two-cents:
One day I was at the gym on the treadmill. I was thinking about Toni Morrison’s Beloved and how much I hate vampires at the same time, when suddenly a book idea just popped into my head, fully formed. I could almost hear a pop! sound. This became my Nano novel.
I was in the habit of writing consciously when I started my Inspired Idea, and I realized half-way through that I was getting in my own way. The best stuff in that book happened when I wasn’t thinking.
Where does this sudden inspiration come from? I believe it’s solely based on the intricate nature of our brains. While we aren’t consciously thinking, our subconscious is actively working on any number of things. The more you write, the more active and assertive your subconscious becomes.
The key to writing books fast is logic. Your mind can make its own connections. If you set up a relationship and then put the characters in a situation, the dialogue naturally develops because your mind knows the logical conclusion of the situation. You might come up with the ending of your novel that’s unexpected because your mind knows how it has to end before you know how you want it to end.
I’ve decided that my creative process depends on my genre. Historical fiction naturally requires conscious thought in order to be authentic. Pure fiction, on the other hand, sometimes happens on its own.Teralyn Rose Pilgrim Teralyn Pilgrim