Two of my characters died

It just happened. I didn’t start out this morning with a plan to let these two die. It was hard for me. I need to take a break for a while. Maybe I’ll go weed in the yard. Is it hard for anyone else to let a character die?

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13 comments
  1. I’m a crime writer so dream up ways to bump them off. Still it’s sad to see some of the good ones go. Other’s not so much 🙂

  2. Sadly, I introduced two wacky and loveable characters, and then killed them off in the next book. I hated doing it, but it rang true for the story they were in, so I mourned them and like a good soldier, moved on.

  3. I love the suddenness of your report here. Two of my characters died. It’s like a news report from TV.

    In one of my unpublished novels (which needs to sit and gather time to settle), my lead character drowned. I knew it was coming, it was at the centre of her story, though she didn’t go till the very, very end. Even then, I just let her sink and didn’t say for sure that she had died. She *had* died, but I leave her in stasis because, well, because . . . you know.

    • tyroper said:

      Thanks. That would be very hard after you’ve invested all that time with your protag.

      • I knew it was coming, so that softened the blow.

  4. I am new to writing fiction and have yet to experience having my characters die….never thought of it before!!!

    • tyroper said:

      I am new to fiction as well. I’ve written off and on throughout my life, starting with insult poems, then lyrics, then poetry. Fiction is cool in a different way.

      • Yes, I am most drawn to fiction so we will see how it goes!

  5. Terribly. They grow up in front of you, get interesting in ways you never planned, and then the damn plot intercedes!

    • tyroper said:

      Yes, exactly! It’s like you end up in this alley and you find this terrible scene. You can’t go back. I guess that’s right. The plot leads you there and it’s all inevitable and irreversible.

  6. Eight characters will have died by the end of the series, and I’m completely dreading it. You sort of feel like a parent to all of them, like a friend, a brother, a sister. I’ll be an absolute mess when the time comes. 😦

    • tyroper said:

      Wow. Yeah, it is weird, but I do feel a kind of love for my toons.

  7. kanundra said:

    Yes, I think it is very difficult to have a character die. I killed one off in my novel and I really liked him. 😦 its sad and it hurts. Then you have to mourn as do all the other characters around them. Even sadder. We had a short funeral. 😦 I cried.

    Crazy, but you love them like your own. 🙂

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