Maybe it's a common occurrence, but this is my first attempt at any kind of fiction, and I find myself actually starting to care about the characters in my book. For example, my main characters have a younger sister who feels like she's in her older sister's shadow as a figure skater. I'm currently writing a scene in which the older sister finally lands her first triple jump successfully while the younger sister continues to struggle with one of her double jumps. While I was writing part of that scene earlier, I found myself truly feeling sorry for the younger sister. I told some friends that I'm going to have to let her land that jump before the end of the book. I truly hate the idea of her remaining unable to do it. Have you ever experienced the same sort of thing while writing? If so, does it happen a lot or is it just an occasional thing? Do you feel like it made your story better?