Well, to answer your overall question, I'm not sure I have many struggles with my writing. I know and accept that my form and style is probably not perfect, and except for a few readers over the years, no one really sees my stuff anyway. I've gotten good feedback when I have had to share anything and it's just a form of expression. My writing has become more personal as I've gotten older, though. So as for what you were saying about being afraid to reveal too much of yourself in the course of writing a character, I found that interesting. Because the thing is, I tend to be the opposite. I told someone once that I write because I failed when it came to psychotherapy :) I literally tend to be an open book. I'm more than happy to talk about myself if someone seems interested in hearing it. But unfortunately, I don't have many opportunities to really bare my soul to people, and when I have sometimes it seemed like they weren't really listening or they blew off the feelings as stupid, or insignificant. Even in therapy. It seemed I would talk until I was wrung out, and when all was said and done they still weren't getting "my" story. They were tagging me with a generic diagnosis and then handing me a list of generic cure-alls that didn't address the real struggle. So I guess I don't have problems adding emotion to my stories because I use my characters as a way to purge and then really explore and examine, by beliefs, life philosophies, fears, disappointments, etc. And no, despite what Paul McCartney has told us, there won't always be an answer :) but my characters get to navigate it, go over possible options, and when all else fails, accept what they can't change in life and still know that they are loved no less for their flaws or certain moral decisions. The people in my stories face their demons, the consequences of their decisions, their choices and they try to come out better people because of it. And even the ones who have no ability to make positive change from negative emotions and such are a teaching tool for others.