no, you aren't going crazy. I'm bumping this back to the top of the blog since people seemed to enjoy it.
I'll put something in the story that seems completely insignificant, then I'll have a plot problem and find that the insignificant thing isn't insignificant at all. in a daydream state I let my mind wander around in the scene. I'm not trying to figure anything out; I'm just enjoying it in the way you'd enjoy a daydream. And I'll often spot something that has been there all along, planted by me three months earlier.
I thank myself, pick up that little surprise, and run. Secret worlds, secret treasures, secret levels, hidden pathways.
Thank you, Mario!
Super Mario Bros.
Editors tend to look outside the story for a solution to a problem, and that can upset the balance and theme. I think you can very often look inside the story because the exact thing you need might already be there. an editor probably won't spot these solutions because they didn't come from her subconscious.