The Famous Author dragged me into the Splaining Department last night. He said I will fall in love or die. Strictly business, he said. Characters must do what they're told.
In his less-studied, unpublished days, TFA says he used to let his characters run their own course--"come alive" and do what they wanted to do. After some critiquing, however, TFA found his main characters liked to "come alive" by avoiding all the good conflict TFA had lined up for them in his outline. And since writers have no story without conflict, TFA says he's the boss now, not his creations.
Well, okay. I don't wanna, but I guess I'm falling in love.