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29 Days of Writing: Day 24 - Joelle's misc
February 2nd, 2011
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29 Days of Writing: Day 24

24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it?
What's the most interesting way you've killed someone?




My readers know that I don't hold back in that regard, even if it means ripping my heart out in the process. Death is a part of life, birth as one 'bracket' and death as the other of any mortal life in a physical realm. I've seen good works weakened because an author can't let their characters die, even when it would be better for the story. I hope that isn't my issue...mine might be actually letting a few folks live past the story's ending--or so some of my family members tease!

As for the second half of the question, I find it really callous and disgusting, and I'm not answering it.

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From:topercolate
Date:February 2nd, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
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:: groan :: I hate killing off characters--any characters. When it becomes clear that it is necessary to the plot, I sit there stewing in the trauma brought on by the idea for like, three months. As a result, none of my characters have ever died.

I totally agree with you that the author being unable to kill off a character or characters does tend to weaken the story from time to time. It just sucks when you have poured some of yourself into this beautifully fleshed-out, fun-to-write thing, and then all of a sudden, you have to say goodbye.

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From:shout_of_joy
Date:February 2nd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, maybe that's one reason I write so many side-stories/short stories--because then I can 'go back in time' to when they're still alive. =) Makes it a bit more bearable. Hu-Harek's a favorite of mine, and writing about her death in my novella Nothing Gold can Stay was less traumatic because I know I've still got two full novels ahead earlier on the timeline where I can thoroughly enjoy her again.

Dreading it for months is definitely part of my experience too. And if the plot doesn't 'require' that they die, I generally let them live.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 2nd, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
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Same here. Writing them offstage is less of a "teeth-grinding, oh-what-have-I-done" experience than killing them, after all. :)

Funny enough, though, I will heap all of the miseries of the world on them short of actual character death.

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From:topercolate
Date:February 2nd, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
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From:shout_of_joy
Date:February 2nd, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, sometimes I feel quite guilty over that 'heap all of the miseries of the world on them short of actual character death' bit. Never lasts long enough to stop me, however. ;P
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From:topercolate
Date:February 3rd, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
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Perfect icon. :)
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From:shout_of_joy
Date:February 3rd, 2011 09:02 am (UTC)
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Thanks! =D
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