For the first time, I diligently worked on an outline before I began writing my current story. Now here I am less than 2000 words into it and the storyline has already changed—dramatically.
Why can’t I stick to my outline?
I suppose my characters have stronger wills than I do. My main character has refused to take the path I charted out for her. Stubborn woman! I sure hope she knows what she’s doing. She seems to have developed into a headstrong woman, instead of the docile, moldable creature I first had her pegged as. Who knew? I suppose I’ll give her a little time to prove her way is better, but I’m reluctant to completely let her have her way.
I am the boss here after all!
At least one of my supporting characters is behaving. She’s a snappy, tell-it-like-it-is kind of woman, so I’m counting on her to keep my MC in line. I can’t allow myself to be overrun by my own creations—can I?
What about you? Do you create detailed outlines for your stories, or do you just wing it? Have you been overpowered by your characters? Please tell me I’m not alone…