It’s amazing how when I plan out a character on my pre-planning Word document, I have them setup a certain way, with certain flaws, and a specific personality. They generally start out the way I have them planned, but they almost always inevitably end up changing wildly and going in some new direction that I had never planned. It generally works out when this does happen, but it always catches me by surprise.
Granted, the character never completely careens off course and ends up turning from protagonist to antagonist or anything of that sort. But they always change in those minor ways that makes them seem much more… real? I’m not even sure if that is the correct word. More lifelike? I suppose both of those words are synonymous. Either way, I more often than not end up liking the change in direction. I feel it adds a certain twist to the story and gives me something new to work with, and something else to inspire me to see how the character will play out. I’m waiting for the time where the character will lead me to their demise, and then I’ll be stuck with the decision of whether I should assist that particular character in surviving, or allow them to fall into their own trap.
Now it’s your turn! Has a character ever run away on you and led you in an entirely new direction? Or are you able to wrangle your characters and keep them just as you planned out? Who is your favorite character that has gone astray?