That’s what happened to me. I’m not going to go into detail, but I made a small choice of having a nasty piece of work being in a confined space with my main character while she’s bound up and blindfolded. I’d planned that she’d be seriously freaked out by him, but that it would be the extent of it.
Thing is though, that my writing method basically requires one thing above all else: That my characters are alive in my head. That all of the characters are alive in my head.
Which means that all characters have motivations, wants, needs, likes, dislikes and pet peeves. And this creepy character hates the main character so deeply that he wants to hurt her in the worst way he can think of.
In short, I’d created a scenario that he could take advantage of in ways I didn’t anticipate and that have ramifications on the entire story.
Which leaves me with a big dilemma. Part of me wants to rewrite this chapter, with me changing the scenario so that the creep can’t take the same advantage. It’ll be easier. It will make the whole story fall back into the plan.
I just don’t know if I should. I don’t know if I’m just running scared. Maybe I am. I often write scenes I don’t like from a humane point of view, but go with it because it feels right for the story. In a lot of ways, this scene does. It illustrates how far the world has sunk. It can show a lot of stuff that might not feel as real otherwise.
It feels dicey to me, though. Is this the story I want to tell? Or is the original version in my head the one I should go with?
Honestly, I like the original version more.
No. I’m cutting that chapter. I’ll just keep it somewhere. In case I change my mind.
Have you also had your characters take over and veer off your chosen path? What did you do? How did it work out?