The Characters Are Writing Themselves...
Imagine being the novelist who, once having established an underlying theme, sees the story neatly coming together while the characters "write themselves". ...Literally.
This quote comes courtesy Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa (thanks to James Howard Kunstler's blog):
"...Americans are used to going to the gas tank (sic), and when they put that hose in their, uh, tank, and when I do it, I wanna get gas out of it. And when I turn the light switch on, I want the lights to go on, and I don't want somebody to tell me I gotta change my way of living to satisfy them. Because this is America, and this is something we've worked our way into, and the American people are entitled to it, and if we're going improve (sic) our standard of living, you have to consume more energy."
I want the world
I want the whole world
I want to lock it all up in my pocket
It's my bar of chocolate
Give it to me