I’m writing a romance

Currently we’re sitting at about 20,000 words, a decent count for just over a month’s work.

Why do we place intellectual importance on sadness?

My current romance project has me thinking, why did I lean so heavily into my stories of grief and loss? Of pain and trials? Certainly, it makes for a good story simply because of the conflict that comes of that, but it was something more. I was working under the assumption that a sad story is a good story.