idk if this is a character or plot question but we'll try it here. So, in my book a character gets captured and a lot of the focus of the story and the conflict is in rescuing him. That doesn't happen until near the end though. Meanwhile everyone is constantly going on quests looking for him (he's royalty btw) and it's a big deal. The problem is that I don't want every moment of my book to have my characters going "oh no! we still haven't found prince charming! what are we going to do!" I want there to still be room for people to have fun and laugh and what not, but it feels strange to me even though it is totally normal. I mean, I think about real life. I'm sure soldiers overseas who have very serious and important jobs where they risk there lives go home at night and laugh and drink and joke and whatever. Everyone does. But when I try to write these things all I can think is "wtf? why would they go for a walk in the park??? there friend is missing!" Other stories have done it well though. think about it-harry's friends are dying all around him or whatnot and he finds time to go play a broom game. hobbits go dancing and singing in bars while sauron is amassing an army. in the last airbender they go to wrestling matches and stuff when they should be defeating the fire nation. so why can't i get past this block in my mind that says "your characters would not be off playing a game of tiddly winks right now"