Perhaps some of you might also have this problem, and perhaps others can share possible solutions. For my last two books, I had a plot all laid out (in my mind and on paper). So-and-so was going to do this, then this would happen, etc. I drew up rough outlines and all that jazz. However, my characters simply would not keep to the outline or plot I had premeditated. They barely kept at all within their premeditated character. They just took over and made a completely new storyline. So, for my next book, should I even bother with premeditated plot? Or would you suggest just starting with the main idea and letting it go where it will? Any other suggestion/similar problem/helpful solution is also welcome.