I need to confide in you. Recently, I had to delete over 5000 words, that's about two chapters worth of content because my characters were going off-script.
I tell you, these people in my head DO NOT like following directions. And as they wander from here to there, sometimes I need to break out the whip and snap them back in line.
Do you have people in your head clamoring for you to tell their story? I'd love to know. And if they are, who do you think will be in charge once you start writing?
I know for me, I'm seldom the one in charge. My characters always go off-script. Sometimes that's awesome, but sometimes it's simply too much and they are headed in the wrong direction.
I'm happy to let them lead, but sometimes…yeah, sometimes I just gotta crack that whip!