So here's my question: Do you think about what you write?
And the reason I'm asking is this: I'm fairly certain Meyer didn't think about Bella and Edward getting married and having a half vamp / half human child. On that same thread I'm sure LJ Smith didn't think about it when she made her Original Family of vampires only 1000 years old. I'm sure she wasn't thinking Anne Rice, Lestat . . .
(I apologize for the non fantasy references, but I think fantasy writers think more than some of the YA authors out there.)
Sometimes what we put on paper, doesn't come out the way we wanted it to. Case in point, the recent Hunger Games movie. When I read the book I found NOTHING funny, but in the theatre, I couldn't help but laugh when Katniss shot the pig. It wasn't funny, but I laughed.
When it comes to my own work I have a process of thinking. I outline, read the outline, thinking about it as if it were a movie. Then I revise the outline, write the book, and begin the revision process. I analyze each and every scene to make sure it fits, that it flows the way I want it to. I change it if it doesn't. I add details that maybe foreshadow a future book or bring more life to the scene. I think about dialogue the most . . . plot comes second and then magic and landscape come last.
Where does thinking get me? I don't know, it prevents me from making stupid mistakes, having a character say something out of context, having something happen that makes no sense, having a character do something they can't really do, that sort of thing. It also eliminates anything cheesy, too biblical, not sexy enough (hell because a scene can never be TOO sexy), not thrilling enough, or unnecessary.
How about you? Do you think about what you write?