|stream of consciousness|
|1.||psychol the continuous flow of ideas, thoughts, and feelings forming the content of an individual's consciousness. The term was originated by William James|
|2.||a. a literary technique that reveals the flow of thoughts and feelings of characters through long passages of soliloquy|
|b. (as modifier): a stream-of-consciousness novel|
A kind of writing that presents the thoughts of a person or character as they occur. Stream-of-consciousness writing uses devices such as characters speaking to themselves, free association, and lists of words. William Faulkner, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf wrote stream-of-consciousness novels.