Sometimes I Don’t Have a Choice

I just wrote a brand new chapter to Twenty-Five that brought me to tears.  I’ve written a lot of emotional scenes before, but I’ve never cried while actually writing before.  There is just something about the pain my MC is going through in this chapter that hit my heart.  I want to help her, to make the pain go away, but she has to suffer.  I hate that she has to suffer, but she doesn’t have a choice.  I don’t have a choice.

Do you find that?  That sometimes you don’t really have a choice in the plot of your story, or the actions a character takes?  Sometimes I just can’t help what happens.  The characters have already decided for me and my only option is to write it down.  Even if I want to change it, I can’t.  They won’t let me.  When I try to change it, it doesn’t work, and I’m forced to write it the way my characters originally intended.

I’d love to hear from other writers on this.  Do others out there find that sometimes you just don’t have a choice in what happens to your characters?