The bane of my existence and biggest fear. I like drama (mixed action and comedy). I like putting my characters is bad situations and making them work for their happy ending.
And I am WELL aware how easily that can slip into melodrama. When pathos becomes just plain damn silly.
Usually my betas can (and have) help me scale it back to something not so bad it’s funny. Still, rereading some of the latest draft and kind of giggling at myself. I’m going a touch overboard.
Part of the problem is that Mina and Matty have had really rough lives. They are both entitled to the occasional angsting. And I know it’ll get scaled back in edits.
Still… torturing your characters is really, really fun. 🙂