I just killed my favourite character!

This Writing Life 24

Stephen King already said so: ‘kill your darlings’. As a good writer, I know when to spill blood for the sake of the plot (or a good endings, those are my personal obsession). But that I am able to sacrifice (kill) my main characters doesn’t mean I’m also cold-blooded. Quite the opposite, actually. Every time I get rid of a good character I get a bit sad (it just lasts a couple of days, though).

Remember: life happens, death too. You don’t need to be George R. R. Martin but if the reader doesn’t feel for your characters… is that a story worth telling?

In my humble opinion, no.

Do you kill your characters when you feel you have to? Is it painful? (As I reader, I know it can be incredibly traumatic to read the death of someone fictional you got very attached to!)

This illustration is part of a collection I’m doing for Inktober 2017. My personal theme is This Writing Life. I’m also selling the originals! You like this one? Contact me and you shall have it, soon and easy.

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4 comments

  1. “Take good people and do bad things to them,” I’ve heard.
    I take that to heart when I write. Killing important characters, I’ve found, is life. Making your MC hurt is necessary.
    “From the depths of despair to the height of exultant triumph cannot be a short nor pleasant journey.” – AM

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