In almost all writing, you've got to trust that what's getting said gets said before you know what you've said. It's not about knowing what you want to say and then getting it said.David Malouf, arguably Australia's greatest living writer, turned 75 a couple of days back. He shares his thoughts about writing with Miriam Cosic in The Australian. I particularly liked this :
I want books to unfold as if they were dreams and even to have the logic of dreams ... I deliberately don't plan where the writing is going so that things can happen with the same unpredictability, with the same process of association rather than logical unfolding. That provides something for the reader as well: the reader has something like the same sense of discovery that the writer does. As a writer, discipline for me is to learn more and more how to fall quickly into that state.