I joined up just to ask this question, even though I guess I know in my heart what the answer is. My question is, how do you learn to consistently “fall in” to what you’re writing, the answer being, I assume, practice. I started writing fiction in high school, then majored in Creative Writing in college. I’ve have been out of college for eight years now, but I’ve only just had my first experience of really “falling in” to a story I was writing. I think non-writers would just label it a period of inspiration, but whatever it was, it was profound. The story wrote itself, and I don’t just mean that writing it came easily or that good ideas were popping into my head. The ideas were jumping onto the page before I was hardly aware of them. They came from nowhere. I would start lines of dialog with no idea what a character was going to say, without the slightest clue what a character was even thinking, and the words would end up being perfect. I’m not usually able to distract my conscious mind enough to prevent a lot of unwanted plot suggestions from popping into my head, various directions to “take” a story. It has been my goal, lately, to not “take” the story anywhere and to let the story go where it will. It’s a goal I often can’t meet at all. I’ll wait and wait for the story to speak by itself, I’ll scrape out a few pages, then realize that they have no life, that they didn’t come from the story but from what some part of me wants the story to be. Erase, erase, erase. Go back and find the place where the story still has a soul. Try again. But then this… thing. It was an entirely new story, no plot outline, no character sketches, and I had no idea what it would be about when I started writing. Being “in it” lasted two hours, and I got sixteen pages out of it. Maybe that’s not a lot to some of you but it’s a lot to me. And now I’m haunted by it. All I want is to get back “in it,” somehow. It was sixteen pages but the story had only begun. I want the feeling of writing like that again. If writing was always like that, I would never stop. So now I’m here to ask those who have written a lot more than me, have you experienced this? Does it ever become a regular thing?