As I've been crossing the country by car, I've been seeing so many things that seem to be taking my long established story in a totally different direction. In the beginning, this was supposed to be a post-apocalyptic America story, but now I'm wanting to shift it back to modern times where the characters will have access to cell phones, cars, computers, and other modern technology. So as it sits at this period of time the whole scope of the story has completely changed from the MC having a massive conflict in a P/A war to being a more simplistic romance/general fiction. Anyway, I'm interested to know how this new point of view shakes out from the eyes of others MC, Alesia (AJ) Connor is a 29 year old USMC vet who has just returned to the USA after a long tour in Afghanistan or Iraq (haven't decided yet.) She's had alot of problems growing up from a religious tyrant mother, to problems with her sexuality (lesbian leaning bi-sexual) to her father and brothers death, among many other things, therefore she has never really been a very happy person and the war only made it worse. When the narrative starts she has just arrived at Los Angeles airport with her discharge papers, and not a whole lot more to look forward to. Over the course of the story, she starts heading east and basically chronicles her adventures and conflicts in various places across America (she is hitchhiking/walking/etc..) Along the way (circumstances/location TBD) she meets a 23 year old girl with whom she strikes up a friendship and they begin to travel together (or MC stays in that particular town, that is undecided.) As the story progresses they slowly fall in love and begin a more serious relationship. It's through this new found relationship that the MC learns how to be more comfortable with herself and her life/parents/sexuality/and so on... In short, the story of how a frowning person learns how smile again. So, have you ever been in a situation like this where the story goes in a completely different direction from what you've already written/established? The characters stay roughly the same, but the whole plot starts over almost from scratch?