Let’s Talk: Killing Characters
Blog Post by Shadow Summit
Now, I’m going to warn you, this isn’t an informed post with hours of research behind it. This post is only my random musings that I thought of while writing my NaNoWriMo novel.
Character deaths can be sad, heartbreaking, vengeful and, on some rare occasions, perfectly satisfying. It all depends on who they are and what they have done.
Today I’ll be focusing on the death of our wonderful, goodhearted characters. These deaths are heartbreaking and sad. These deaths make us want to grab a bowl of ice-cream and hug something while crying our eyes out. Characters that aren’t one dimensional and make you love them can be so very hard to part with.
However, there are deaths that can be so off-putting in a book that readers can’t overlook it and stop reading. This has happened with one author who I used to read every single book of. They were good books and I truly loved the adventure and characters in them. Unfortunately the author had a terrible habit of killing off the female romantic interests of the male characters. On top of that, his couples had been together for years and yet there had only been one child among all the main characters. I mean come on! As a female reader I cannot stress it more, don’t kill off all female characters and please for heavens sake at least let them have a child.
In my NaNoWriMo book, Sorrow’s Blade, I have just created a character who does in fact pass away. Now I won’t give too much of the plot away however I will just say a couple of things. The character began as an important plot point, however as I wrote the character… well, I fell in love.<3 I had told myself that I had to be tough and not get too attached because I knew there would be a risk that I would no longer want to kill them. However the character needs to die for the plot. Despite my own warnings, I got attached and I will break my own heart by killing the character. I will cry, which sounds weird that you cry at your own story, but I can’t help it okay!
So I have a few questions for you, if you care to answer them.
- Do you cry when you kill off your characters?
- How do you stay strong and make sure you get it done?
- How do you feel about the overall idea of character deaths?
I’ll leave it at that for now but feel free to share your thoughts below or by sending me a tweet at @shadow_summit. I’d love to hear from you!
Sorry this is a short post, however my other writing takes up a lot of my time now days. 😦
As always, you guys are awesome!
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