I've heard of writers whose characters simply refused to do things, or went on their own path, or any odd number of things. But I never believed it happened that literally. And it couldn't happen to me, could it, when my characters had barely made their screen debut? But recently I read a book similar to the story I've been developing, and, crushed, I decided to throw away all my work and start on something fresh. Then my characters took over. Either that or I went crazy. Maybe it's a mix of the two. At any rate, I heard distinctly one of them tell me No, you've got to write us! You Promised!, and before I knew it I was arguing with figments of my imagination. They won out. I'm going to write their story anyway, even if it's been done. So, my point is... have your characters ever been real enough to you to do something like this? Have they ever surprised you, either by their insubordination or their survival instinct? ...have you ever gone as crazy as I am?