So, I've just written a scene that will possibly never make it into the book (which gave me the courage to actually write the scene to begin with). A few good thing came from doing this:
1) My word count went up
2) It was a heck of a lot of fun
3) I learned SO MUCH about Karis and Ethan
The more you write about your characters, the more they come to life. I had a perfect little box that I pulled Karis out of, but when she finally came into existence, she looked at that frilly pink box, gagged, and kicked it into oblivion. I'm glad. I have never really liked them to begin with (Oh, and apparently, Karis HATES the color pink).
And Ethan. Oh my dear, sweet Ethan. You are amazing on so many levels. Your sense of humor gives away when you're nervous or not quite sure of yourself, but I'm laughing so hard, I don't really care that you might be leading Karis and me to a certain and untimely demise. It's part of the fun and experience of knowing you.