I came across an interesting Huffpost post by Karen Dionne titled "When Characters Talk, Writers Listen." What was interesting about is that Karen wrote her first two novels by plotting first, and then creating chracters to fit the situation.
But then a character came to her, appearing in her mind, talking to her, telling her a story. Now Karen is writing a new novel that begins with the character and discovers the story from there. She quotes from Sandra Kring, author of five novels including the bestselling The Book of Bright Ideas:
I really do believe that when we hear our characters speaking to us... when we sit down and the story comes in an effortless flow, it simply means that our right brain has taken over the task completely. I can always tell which books have been written by someone's right brain, or left brain, or if it was a co-effort. Those written from the subconscious have a different feel to them. A flow that feels organic. Effortless.
I call this the "writer's mind" -- that magical place in the subconscious where our creative ideas, our stories, come from.
There's more food for thought. I recommend a visit.
For what it's worth,
© 2014 Ray Rhamey