Okay ... so I've previously admitted to being a panster. Now, I'm starting a new book and I'm trying the techniques I learned at Plotting Bootcamp. So far I've outlined (extremely briefly) my chapters. Hmmm I wanted to write a "normal" romance, set in this time ... with no monsters ... or time travel ... or bumps in the night ... **sigh**
The first chapter looked good! Then the main character suddenly ended up in 16th century Scotland. By chapter three a loch monster had arrived, followed very closely by a wailing castle ghost, a vindictive mother in law, a murder and missing children ... Not to mention a gorgeous Scottish Laird with a guilty conscience.
Well, this writer has decided to go along with flow. I very rarely have any control over my characters. They say and do as they please. How can something from my imagination take over?
I might lay down the law before I put fingers to keyboard. Right, characters, behave yourself and don't give me any cheek!
Yeah, right. Who am I trying to kid?