Killing or Seriously Injuring Major Characters
As creative writers, it’s our job to heighten the tensions of a tale, raise the stakes, describe lives with just as much conflict and tragedy as there is romance and hope.
Killing or seriously injuring major characters is a frightening thing, because when both writers and readers fall in love with these characters, we want to put them in a plastic safety bubble so no permanent physical damage will be done. On the flipside, we don’t want to kill a character too soon before readers have gotten the chance to fall in love.
So before you hit the ‘read more’ link (*potential spoiler alerts*) ask yourself these questions; Am I willing to go wherever this story takes me, whether it means I must cast my angelic characters from the impermeable pedestals I placed them with my Authorly power? Am I willing to risk sacrificing little bits of the story/potential shock factors in order to make sure my characters will always be able to heal for the next adventure? Am I capable of smoothly executing either and willing to give anything a risk?
It’s a difficult decision that no storyteller certainly has to make. It’s emotionally tolling to kill or permanently injure a fictional character you’ve come to care and love so hopelessly. But the possibilities…