Recently I've come to the conclusion that convincing a character to do what I, the writer, want him or her to do sometimes just doesn't work well.
As my WiP began I had a plan, or at least I knew how it was going to end. But soon after getting into the meat of the story I noticed that the story was veering off in a direction I hadn't anticipated and was far off course of its intended ending. While my gut tells me that this is the right direction to go in, (even though it throws my initial outline out the window) I'm still...what's the word...anxious? This is a story I have been working on for awhile and I had always thought I knew just what the ending would be. But after looking at it again and really focusing on writing and developing my main character (I had put this WiP aside for awhile and for this round of ROW80 have now come back to it) I see a different ending and in many ways, even a different main character-or at least a different personality. The choices I thought she would make changed as I've built and developed the setting and the other characters around her. Needless to say, it's been an interesting ride though now when I look at my new and improved outline, I am definitely liking what I am seeing.
What about you? Is there ever a time that you've struggled with the direction you intended to go in a WiP and where the writing is actually taking you? Do you stick to your original plan or go where the story takes you?