Now, your subconscious is not always right. Mine understands emotion but doesn't understand plot or story structure. But it is darn good at knowing where to plant a hook.
My plan (and outline) for The Mageborn Mechanic was twenty chapters of about 5k words each. 5x20 = a book that hopefully comes in at under 100k words for once. Tonight, my subconscious stopped me at around 2k words for a chapter. It stopped me just before the big fight scene I had planned for the second half of chapter 4.
Stop there, it said. And it was like my fingers froze. I looked down at the page, re-read where I'd stopped. Yeah, it was a pretty good hook. I as a writer and and a reader desperately wanted to keep going.
That is an excellent place for a chapter change. Now I get to start off chapter 5 with a big, magic-filled fight.
Heaven knows I'm going to have to do some revisions in this novel but I think if I listen to my subconscious, I may just get the hooks right in this one.
And on an unrelated note, I was reading Hellsreach by Aaron Dembski-Bowden yesterday. The man has a real gift for description. Pick it up, even if you're not a Warhammer 40k fan. If you like action-packed, detailed sci-fi action, you'll love it. I'll have a review up for it as soon as I'm done.