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It’s been a strange couple of weeks for me. I’ve been working on a very difficult chapter in my next book, one in which a number of characters go through wrenching changes.

I’m sure it sounds strange to non-writers, who have plenty of emotional peaks and valleys of their own to experience first hand, but it’s really a fact that I get emotionally caught up in the troubles and triumphs of my characters. When I’m putting them through suffering or into danger, I actually feel upset and blue myself. And it’s not just about “being sensitive” — the act of putting these people through various tribulations actually pains me. I’ve created these fictional people, lived with them in my head for years, and now I’m giving them loss and pain.

I suspect this is common among writers……any comments?