I think secrets often come out. I spoke to a friend who is a therapist and I asked her if there were people who came to her and admitted to doing horrible things and she said, 'More than you know.'
I really feel like the gift is also the curse. It's always half-and-half. Whatever brings you the most joy will also probably bring you the most pain. Always a price to pay.
After a while, the characters I'm writing begin to feel real to me. That's when I know I'm heading in the right direction.
I never see a novel as a film while I'm writing it. Mostly because novels and films are so different, and I'm such an internal novelist.