So I had two wonderful days of writing. 14,000 words, which I desperately needed.
Of course, I find myself second-guessing the way the story is going. I know that we have to be willing to put our characters through hell, but I crawl into my character's skin and try to feel what she's feeling. This means that at the end of two days, I feel traumatized, hurt, stressed, and exhausted.
Meanwhile, DH sits down and reads it, and laughs. Laughs! My character and I are going through hell, and he laughs!
Okay, that's not such a terrible thing, because while I'm putting my characters through hell, I'm worrying. How much is too much? When does the story start to feel darned depressing because there's too much conflict and problems to solve?
I have a personal rule: no sentence, no paragraph, and no page without conflict. Luckily, I'm ADD, and I tend not to write (or read) the parts where nothing is happening. Once in awhile, I'll stick in a couple paragraphs to give some balance or offer a light-hearted moment to contrast with all the conflict.
But, as I'm second-guessing (which I always do), I'm wondering: how much conflict is too much? When does putting a character through hell start to get annoying? Or is it okay?