The War of Art by Steven Pressfield explores a lot of these same concepts, that stories (or other works of art) have an independent existence and the artist is "called" to bring them into physical form.
And that's the really 'pretty' version of this. Call me jaded, but I don't believe there's a soul to a story. Right now, the book I'm writing is filled with things that I just wanted to read about. A stressed out skeleton, his human wife, their illegal work, and the world they live in. There's a theme, but only because I wanted to answer a question in a messed up way, that ANOTHER piece of work was asking. There's no 'soul' in my story, just...It's literally just a story. It's not set to change the world, make people think, or barely entertain. It just kinda exists, and if it manages to do those things, well good on it.
Saying that a story has to have a soul is what sets a writer up for failure. Since writers naturally live in a constant state of self-doubt, they'll never be able to find that soul. It's best to let the readers find the so called soul, than go into writing a manuscript hoping to make one for the story.
Often, you'll be writing forced and you'll sound stupid.
I'm also part of a writing community called Mythic Scribes.
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