Still on Chapter Seven of The Graveyard Book, but I'm well into the last half of the chapter, and it no longer feels like I'm walking towards the horizon, with the horizon retreating as I advance... I've written about eleven easy pages today, and cannot wait to get back to it. If I'm still awake and writing I may pull an all-nighter.
It barely feels like I'm writing it. Mostly it feels like I'm the first one reading it.
I felt a delicious little thrill of recognition when I read that. It doesn't happen every day or even every week, but quite often I become so deeply absorbed in my work that it's difficult to believe I am actually writing the words that are leaping onto my computer screen. It's a terrifyingly wonderful thing when your mind comes unlatched and the story spills out and you're afraid to get another cup of coffee or answer the phone because you can't take your hands away from the keyboard, not even for a moment, or the magic might stop.
I wonder if that happens to all writers or just to those of us with a certain type of writing personality (please note that I am not associating this phenomenon with talent or experience). It happens quite a lot to me.
How about you?