When I began my current WIP I was confident I had my heroine all figured out. I knew exactly what she looked like, her tragic backstory, even her OCD quirk of separating M&M's by color before eating them. OK, that's my OCD quirk, but that's beside the point. Bottom line, I thought I knew this woman as well as I know my best friend. It was the hero that had me stumped. I had no idea what he looked like or even why he was in this story.
Fast forward several months. I'm looking at my heroine and asking, "Who ARE you?" The backstory is the same. She still looks the same. Her GMC is still even the same. So why has she suddenly become a stranger to me? And the hero? I still have a little trouble "seeing" him but otherwise he's become the proverbial open book.
I always laughed when writers said their characters had taken over the story or refused to "talk" to them. I thought to myself, "it's your story, you're making it up so why are you blaming the characters?" Ah, the bliss of ignorance.
Have you had characters hijack a story? Or (as in my case) go into hiding and refuse to play? How did you handle their bad behavior? I'm not sure it will help, but I'm about to have a stern discussion with a certain lady I thought I knew.