When I write, I usually have an outline of some sort. Sometimes it's detailed; sometimes it's vague and just gives me a rough idea of what will happen.
So, when I get down to actually writing a piece, I have a good path to get from point A to point B. But, often my subconscious takes over, and I've learned to let it do its thing.
Let me explain.
I'll be writing a scene, and then I'll be having a character or characters interact in a certain way or say something that won't make sense. Maybe the action or information will seem unnecessary (to me), but then, later on, it will make perfect sense.
Okay, so that's not exactly true. But, when something like this happens, I'll usually just have the character run with something and see how it plays out. If it turns out the scene is unnecessary or just doesn't fit or needs to be changed, I can take care of that later on in the editing process, or Shelley will point it out. No biggie. The weird thing is, is that for me, these scenes often fit right in with what I'm doing with the story. Like I said before, most of the time I have the major details worked out, but the little things and tweaks a story gets aren't anywhere on my radar when I start to write. In the above car-bombing example, it might have seemed strange to me to have Bob leave his car behind. Maybe I know that the character likes driving, or thinks cabs are creepy. Who knows. But Bob wants to leave his damn car behind and have someone else take him where he needs to go, so that's what I'll work with. Little do I know until later on that it was the best freakin' idea ever.
How about you? Does this happen to any of you lovely writers? Or am I just crazy?