Due to a surprise birthday gift of a laptop (his name's Edmund), I've been making an effort to write more by participating in Inkygirl's 1000 words a day challenge. It's been working well, except for that part where my muse doesn't like to write before it hits midnight. Oh well, at least it's summer.
But the more I write, the more I notice the fact that my muse knows stuff I don't. I mean, I'm just writing, and bam! in slips something that tells me more about the character/world than I figure out in thousands of words, otherwise. I'm not talking about parts I plan, but just the phrasing of some parts implies so much that I didn't know. Like, Xander treated Buffy more cautiously than he had to in the scene I just wrote, and suddenly I knew he had reason to, because something happened where she shot first and asked questions of the corpse.
How does that happen? I mean, I might be currently working on this fic, but I don't really think about it, and I don't get the feeling that my muse is working on its plot in the back of my head, either. But this just springs out of nowhere, out of thin air as far as I can tell. It's very weird any time it happens. Weird but good.