I've recently taken up writing again. Years ago I would plan everything out from top to bottom, then begin writing, but I would get bored with it before the end. This time I figured I would just start from scratch and go with whatever comes to my mind. I really like this path but for one thing: Eventually I start having a bit of a plan of where I want to go, but the story always gets away from me and goes a different path, one that I am not liking as much (or I may like, yet maybe for a different story line). Twice now I've done this and started over at the point the story took a hard left instead of a right, yet somewhere down the road it happens again. Does this happen to any of you out there? I find this method keeps my attention much better, almost as if I'm reading a book already written, and I'm learning the story as it progresses. But how do I keep it on track, and not have to restart at the 2,000 word mark of the 10,000 I've written?