What to Do When Characters Go Rogue
You create a strong, coherent character that has enough interest for you to include them in your story. And then, they do more. They take action and run with the story. They barge into scenes. They interrupt dialogue. As a result, the characters and the storyline get bumped.
Last week I talked about letting characters take action when your story seems squeezed into a structure. But characters can take the reins and gallop away with the story, especially if they are secondary characters.