I’ve always been a fan of books that have multiple protagonists. Usually based on this you are able to see different sides of the same story and can get differing perspectives. Now reading a story with multiple protagonists is one thing but writing a story with multiple is a completely different beast altogether.
In one of my current projects I have 3 protagonists and they spend 3/4 of the story never knowing each other. Due to the story they all 3 have their own struggles trying to survive and then at the end are thrown together for the final 1/4 of the book. Throughout the story each character has their own trials and tribulations and naturally grow because of it. As the writer during this process I learned a lot about the characters and got a better sense of who I wanted them to be. By the time I got to the point where they all come together I had a great idea of who they were as individuals, but had to then find out who they were as a group.
It may sound strange to some but I found that the 3 characters didn’t exactly have meshing personalities. I had always planned on them coming together but never really imagined the amount of conflict it would cause between them based on who they had become. Now for the story I think it ended up working out great. There is nothing more boring then a group of people getting along, but it was a little unexpected.
How about you all? Have you had a WIP in which your character(s) evolved into something you hadn’t planned? Did it end up working out better or worse in the end?