I've noticed (not for the first time) that my short works almost always end in tragedy. There is always pain and suffering in them (emotional, mental... Never physical.... Yet?). Im challenging myself to write in a different genre then what i normally do, but all plots i draft tend to always fall back on "ends in death/suffering". The stories that dont end in death, end in the characters feeling lost (a woman finds a feral child and in the end, she doesnt know whats real anymore; a man is lost in the woods and ends with him laying down in a meadow telling himself he doesnt want to be found; a demon/monster has just slaughtered an entire army and holds his child in his arms questioning his own humanity/lack there of) My dad even asked me once "dont you ever just want to write something happy?" I cant do that. Not that i havent tried.... It just reads so forced and unrealistic to me. and the thing is, i read a variety of things and enjoy reading comedies/parodies and romances and other light hearted things. Im pretty sure if i hopped into writing a romance short story, it would probably be a romantic tragedy... Is this just my "voice" as a writer? Like Poe or Dickinson. You read a Stephen King book and you KNOW who you're reading.... Can habits be broken?