Have any of you ever felt like your story or maybe more so your characters were leading you in a direction you didn't want to go? I am having this issue. I am writing a YA novel and the lead character is an 8 year old girl. I have divided my book into three parts (atleast in my mind) and am currently at the beginning of the second part where the lead character is attending school (boarding school of sorts) and she has one roommate and 6 additional suitemates (the four rooms share a common room). In the beginning the girls were going to be friends and the group as a whole would work together to solve a problem. The issue I am having is that every time I write I feel like these girls are being sarcastic and mean instead of genuinly helpful and nice, and it is really bothering me. They are just words so I am trying to ignore the voice in my head that is saying that the characters are mocking or making fun of the lead character because that isn't the way I had intended the story to go. If you have encountered the same or a similar problem what do you do? Do you allow your characters to go where they want to go or do you ignore it and keep going with your original idea?