You'd be surprised how often this happens. The Stronghold characters are particularly trying. Justin and Chris had the tendency to go off the rails, even though Liam, Hilary and Jessica were all pretty well behaved.
Now trying to deal with Adam and Angel... I'm going a bit nuts, I won't lie. The bastards just keep changing things up on me! Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it can get frustrating. Especially when I look at my most recent outline that I've written for them (I'm on the fourth or fifth now, I can't even remember) and realize that it's not going to work. At all.
Adam's too demanding about what he wants and Angel's too unpredictable. Even her best friend Leigh isn't quite cooperating with me when it comes to timeline stuff.
I'm over 50,000 words in, which is usually about halfway through a book for me, but I honestly have no idea where we are in the story. I know what's going to happen in the next chapter and that's about it, because they keep changing where they're going. We all have a vague idea about where everything is headed, but every time I try to define it they just grab the reins from me and start moving in a new direction until all the plot twists and pathways that I'd worked out no longer work anymore.
*bangs head on wall*
It really makes it hard for me to plot things out. I thought I'd go ahead and write a new outline for them... but there's no real clue as to where they're going after the next chapter. They were pretty good about following the most recent outline that I'd written for them, right up until they met each other and now sparks are flying in entirely different ways then I'd originally planned. It's kind of like a mental wrestling match. And I'm about to add a new Dom to the equation, and to the cast of Stronghold characters, in the form of one of Angel's friends and all I can think is "oh crap... what is this going to do to my plot line?" Cuz I don't think it's going to do what I originally intended. - if you're checking out my Pinterest, btw, the new Dom that I'm introducing is Master Michael and you can see his "picture" up on the Stronghold page.
In other news... Vivian and Gabriel are being more romantic / softer than I would have thought during their first meeting... which makes me wonder how his involvement in her training is actually going to go. That should be interesting.
And Cynthia and Wesley, despite being the two rebels, are actually doing what I want them to. Of course I'm only about one chapter into their book so I don't know if that really counts. But it's nice that someone's behaving!
So yeah. There's some behind-the-scenes drama going on (if it can be called that) but I'll be posting a new teaser for Stronghold this weekend. I just gotta decide what I want to post =)