Last question for today, then I'll push off and stop filling up the forum: I think I'm having trouble keeping my characters in line. I'm discovering that I'm very much a 'let the story tell itself' writer, in that the characters often come out with things I wasn't expecting them to say and events happen that I hadn't scripted or for seen - the good old subconscious getting its tuppence worth in. This is fine when stuff happens like an odd little side-plot that's been turning up here and there and is going somewhere, but I've no idea where (I'm just trusting it; it seems quite cool). But on the flip-side, I'm finding that characters are forcing my hand on plot stages that I wasn't ready to reach yet - or worse, are throwing up complications with their actions that I then have to address. It's not that I could say 'whoa - we're not going there' and hit backspace, because I'm finding that logically events need to unfold as the characters are dictating (the subconscious again). But this means I'm losing maybe two chapters of character-grounding storyline. So is this a good thing? Should I trust the story? Is this what happens to skilled writers? Or is this a classic newbie mistake - and if so is there a recognised method for avoiding it happening and asserting control over the story?