This was prompted by this question: Does a translation editor need to know the language of the source document?
Is this type of question actually on-topic here? This seems more like a question about the process of creating a work of literature, which seems like it would be more fitting on Writing.SE.
(Yes, I'm aware I answered the question. A quick check in chat seemed to indicate that there was precedent, so I answered it. However, I'd like to actually have a meta discussion about it.)