Its own shape

All novelists write in a different way, but I always write in long hand and then do two versions of typescript on a computer. I realised when I got to the end of the long hand draft [of The Pregnant Woman] that I knew nothing about this novel when I began writing it. The process of writing a novel is getting to know more about the novel until you know everything about it. And it's been described as a kind of dreamlike state where you're letting the novel make its own shape, and you're putting into it the pleasure of creation, which is intoxicating.

- Martin Amis