I recently started writing my novel and am bordering on 12K words right now. And I got stuck, I know what needs to happen for the plot to continue, but there is a problem. My character grabbed my story and ran away with it, she changed it so that now she was taken care of when she was unconscious instead of left alone. So there is now an unknown person, probably a woman, standing in the doorway of her cave. So now I have another character to discover before I can continue. This, I realize, actually makes my story stronger, having more character interaction, so I'm okay with it. But I have a question. What do all of you do when your stories or characters get away from you and do something you didn't expect?