So I'm beginning to plan the second book in my series (no "don't write series" rants, please) and it's become clear that I will have to kill off one of my three main characters. I know which one, and I have asked myself whether it is necessary, and it is, one big reason being that it's importat to the plot, another being to show the darkness of the world I have created, and that life isn't perfect. So, with that out of the way, onto the discussion/question: do any of you have trouble killing off the characters you love? I presume you do because you're all writers, but I also hate change and to see a character which I am close to and have built up only to see them dashed to pieces seems difficult to do for me. Has anyone else had this problem? What can I do to "ease the pain"? Thanks.