on January 28th, 2011 at 08:55 pm
I think that last is really a combination of figurative language and the writer externalizing the creative process so as to get a better look at it. At least, that's what's happening when I say that, I think, and I say it often.
(I did, however, once hear a writer on a panel claim that everything she wrote was authentically the character's voice, because the character was a real person whom she channeled. After a moment of absolute WTF silence, the rest of the writers on the panel went on talking politely about their process.)