It drives me nuts when my characters get away from me. Half-way through my very first novel (during NaNoWriMo several years ago) my two main characters up and left the country before I knew what was going on.
People look at me funny when I tell them that I have no control over my own characters. I’m the one behind the keyboard, after all. But I get into a groove when I’m writing. Something almost trance-like happens when I really get going and the characters sometimes get away from me.
And it’s happened again. The main character of my urban fantasy story just up and did exactly what I didn’t want her to do. She had s-e-x. It’s totally PG-13, but still!!!! I didn’t want her to have sex. Not yet. Not in this story.
I blame Rational. He got me all worked up on the boards a couple days ago and on my commute home, I whipped out the laptop. One thing led to another and now my MC is a raging slutbag. Thanks, lover.
So now I have to decide if I’m going to bin the entire 600-word scene or run with it.