We writers want to figure things out and say them. Whether we explore our ideas/opinions on the ways of the world in novel or in essay form, it is what we do. We try to figure stuff out. It’s as simple as that. At least it is for me.

But, oddly, I often don’t know what I want to say until I’ve said it. Or my characters have said or done it.

It is in the writing process, in listening to the voices and demands of the characters in our heads, that the figuring out happens, that the story emerges.