Have you heard of this? The literary agent hypothesis? It’s a way of saying while writing fiction the author channels reality to make a compelling narrative. Or, as the old chestnut goes, write what you know. Additionally it means the characters “write” the book, and the author serves as their agent (oracle? medium?).
This gives me the feeling those involved in coming up with this theory have never sweated their way through creating a novel, but, I could be wrong. And there is a certain flow that happens when you’re in the zone and your fingers fly over the keyboard—which is always stopped up by the stony shoals of editing and rewrites.
Perhaps it’s time to let those characters speak, especially the ones clamoring to life on the page.
I’ll keep you posted on my powers of divination.