I have a book from which I have "taken a break". (In the meantime I wrote another.) My outline has the story going in one direction but the story itself seems to want to go in a noticeably different direction, near the end. It will be a wildly different story but will still end the same way. [sigh] is it more important to stick to my established story-plan or to let the story flow? I have always let my stories have a bit of rein because the characters help me to figure out solutions I seriously feel I would never have thought of myself! Which, yes, makes me feel crazy... well... more crazy. The fact that I think I might be crazy means I'm not; right? [eye-twitch] I wonder how much my mind is influenced by a lifetime of reading and movies... Am I following the natural route of what will amount to a soulless cookie-cutter story, subconsciously? I don't know! What would you do, if your story seemed to be pushing itself in a different direction? It's a little worrying!