“I think you can either change your characters to meet the needs of the story (e.g., plotters picking characters from ‘central casting’ as needed for the story) or you change the story to meet the needs of your characters. (e.g., pantsers getting to know their characters as the story progresses and writing to incorporate those changes.) It’s a question as to who is to be the master: the character or the author.”
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master - - that's all."
(Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 6)