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As a writer, how do you choose which path to take when your characters reach a metaphoric fork in the road? I was struggling with this yesterday. I needed to make the decision between having a sudden, loud noise and not. If there is a loud noise, the characters would take cover, be prepared for what would happen. If there was no noise, they would be somewhat unprepared and potentially sitting ducks. After a lot of thought, I ended up deciding on the noise, I thought it would add to the tension in the scene. Though there is a possibility that later I may change my mind and have to re-write the whole thing. How do you decide which path to take? Do you later change your mind?