I have a growing problem with this series I'm working on: I like the characters and tend to favor them to the point of overprotection Example: Originally a timeskip arc I was thinking about had a majority of the original characters die. This is was far in the future, it was just a point I wanted to reach. But as I buckled down and focused on writing from the beginning and developing characters, I began to like them more and more, and I started hating the fact that they were gonna get offed eventually as there was so much I was able to explore with them. Eventually the idea of that arc got scrapped allowing me to expand more on the characters. Part of the reason I scrapped the arc was it didn't make much cohesive sense, but still I feel like I'm not allowing myself to take really strong risks with the characters, such as death which is a often an important part of plots. Actually one character in particular, who has to die for the story sake, I felt awful because she didn't really deserve it. Is this bad that I may change plots to protect the characters? Am I being to safe?