I've been working on my second YA novel for a while now. It's called Sapphire Blue and is an after-life romance adventure. I don't want to give away the plot but above and below are a few pictures from my Pinterest musings board, which I use for inspiration for the story.
You can check out my Pinterest musing board to see more pictures that I'm using as a muse for this book.
One of the reasons this story is taking a bit longer to write than I hoped is because I've had to change my plan. I'm a great believer in plotting, so that I have some kind of outline to work with. I think that this helps to make sure that the story has a solid construction, the plot is realistic and credible, and that I tie up all the loose ends at the end. So far so good. When I wrote my YA Perfect Summer, that worked fine.
But this isn't the case with Sapphire Blue. It started off well. I had the heroine, the hero, the theme and the plot all sorted out so I settled down to write. The first chapter flowed okay, the second chapter started to stumble, by the time I got to the third chapter I knew I was in trouble. The hero was hijacking the story and turning it into his story. Not only that the heroine was changing the viewpoint. I started off in third person viewpoint but suddenly the heroine was talking in first person and first present at that! This was a surprise because I do sometimes write in first person but never in first person present. As for the hero, he was really taking over. It was all about him. Me, me, me. I tried to control him but he wasn't having it - but, and here's the tricky bit - he wanted to tell me his story in third person present. So there was nothing else for it but go back, change the first three chapters and give my hero alternative chapters so that he could tell his version of events too.
A change like that alters the whole dynamics of a story and it can be tempting to stick to the Plan and carry on writing the story how you intended to but I've learnt from experience that if you feel something needs changing then do it.
How about you? Do you ever find that a character takes over your story or the plot goes off on a tangent? Do your stories always go to plan?