You guys, I don’t know if I can do it. Last night I finished the rough draft of Xoe book 5, and something happened. I didn’t mean for it to happen, I just wasn’t paying attention, and well, someone died. When I realized what had happened I cried my eyes out along with Xoe, and now I’m having serious writer’s remorse. I know that the death is good for the story. It’s a good learning experience for Xoe, and it sets the stage for the entire next book, but still….I’m questioning it. Will I really never get to write about this person again? How the heck do other writers deal with this? Sure, plenty of people have died in my books, but never a main character that I’ve grown attached to over the course of several books.
I guess I just have to rip the bandaid off and go with it. Today I’ll begin going back over the draft, making sure everything in the story lines up…but hopefully it will be a few more days before I have to read the death scene again. Fingers crossed that I’ll gain a little perspective by then.