Hello all, I was wondering if I am alone in this. I'm writing book two, "Ghosts of the Past" as a murder mystery. Book one was very much a character-driven political adventure romance exploring gender politics in a feudal society in another galaxy.
But book two (perhaps not unlike George Lucas's Empire Strikes Back) is much darker. I'm finding it difficult to sleep. I have to kill off several characters and constantly write all this mysterious stuff. I'm finding it messes with my mind.
I don't know if this is just because I'm a survivor of some pretty heinous violence and the work is just stimulating repressed memories -- or if it's the genre itself that messes with the author's mind.
I know it's natural to at least unconsciously draw upon your life experience, but I was really hoping it would not play with my head like this!
Why are my villains scaring me?
Do you think as a writer this is good or bad?