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  1. #11
    My characters frequently hijack the story.
    I work hard to always write from their perspectives, and with every action or bit of dialogue I am always asking "Is this what he/she would really do?"
    And often the answer is "No."
    Next thing I know, I am changing a scene or outcome because what I had originally planned is not what the [developed] character would actually do.

    Damned characters. Sometimes I kill them randomly, then delete the paragraph so they're alive again.
    Y'know, just to snap their fictional shorts.

  2. #12
    Is characters hijacking the story bad though? For example, I did that with my story, then showed it to some readers, and they say that I let the characters take over the story, and now the themes are lost as a result. So I kind of wonder if following a preplanned outline down the T, and never letting the characters deviate from it is better, if means it will lead to a more satisfactory outcome for the readers?

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