Massive post below, but feel free to read on for some great Q&As. I did my best to put the answers right underneath the pertinent question. If we missed yours, as I said, you can tweet at any of us, or leave a comment below.
In writing, as in life, sometimes things happen that you don’t expect. You can draft and draft and draft, and prepare an outline of your novel that has every tiny little bit of plot mapped out to the nth degree, but if you’re not willing to toss all that aside, to let things go where they want to go, and let scenes play out as you never imagined they might, then I think you’re crippling yourself as a writer.