Last year, when I was writing the first draft of my WIP, one of my favorite characters died. It wasn't something I'd planned, and I rebelled. I revised her death out of the story almost immediately. And I've been struggling with everything that comes after that point in the story ever since. I've tried all kinds of nonsense (including changing my main character's age), but nothing has worked.
My darling has to die.
Once I accepted her death, the story decided we were on speaking terms again. That doesn't mean it's going to write itself, but I'm making a lot more progress than I was before. The story insists on being darker than I'd like. At the moment, I'm trying to listen and work with what it gives me. I'm learning that writing is a lot like parenting; I don't always win (even when I think I have) by asserting my authority/stubborn streak.
What do you think?