I have read authors say that sometimes, you think a character’s going to do one thing, and then as you type along the character does something else.
”Horseshit,” I think, because I am a lady. “How could that happen? The characters are imaginary. They don’t think any thoughts without the writer putting those thoughts there.”
Of course, I’m not actually writing anything at this point. I’m making an absurdly detailed outline. I was working on exactly how I will get to my Big Midpoint Scene, in which the male friend earns the hatred of the heroine by revealing his participation in the big sting and I realized, “What am I thinking? He would never do that. It goes against all his principles.”
I think I can get around it by having him participate in the scheme on a limited basis. That gives me a chance to keep the outline as it is, and then it gives him a chance to spell out what his principles are, in case his principles aren’t clear by then.
Right now he’s stomping the dust off his boots and giving me a look that says, “What were you thinking? Do you even KNOW me?”