A former pantser, I plotted this Christmas book in advance and I find that I must keep my characters in line. Today, my heroine made a comment I didn't expect. How does that happen? Sometimes when I write, I become so involved in the story, my characters take on a life of their own. Sounds silly, but they speak to me and demand that I listen. I believe that makes the story real. When a character speaks out of turn, they're telling me that I'm not paying attention to their personality.
Okay, I corral them and get them back on point, but those flaws make the character come alive.
Keep reading and I'll keep writing. Joyce