Sometimes, whilst writing, I find that my original intention transforms into another thing entirely! The subconscious has a way of getting through. Allowing myself to put thought to paper and think about the phrase, placement, setting etc. calms my mind from chaos and let’s me see the subject from an entirely different angle. This process is enlightening and often solves or makes a current challenge less threatening – a bit like talking to an old friend I guess!.
Free writing, starting with random appealing words and formulating a prose around them, is another way that I have found to uncover and work through hidden emotions – a practice I confess I have not done for a while. Even if you don’t end up with a particularly good piece of work it’s worth the time and can lead to alternate inspiration!