They die by my hand, which they love so well.

March 30, 2020

How do you feel about killing off one of your major characters?

Well, considering that I had four main characters at the start of Fervent Desolation, and now I have fewer…

I guess I’d say that I’m cool with it. What my characters think, I’m not sure. But I’d like to think that my title for this post, based on a Shakespeare quote, covers that.

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As a reader, I am not fond of authors who kill off a primary character. And don’t even think that killing off one twin or triplet makes it okay because you’ve still got one of two of them around. It’s not cool. If I started an adventure with you, you better survive until the end. That’s the contract, dude.

As a writer, I’m not big on killing off characters purely for the sensational element of it. So why did I do something I don’t generally like? Every death has a meaning, and I don’t take it lightly. I had to do something life hauling to Charlotte to get her to take the hand of her enemy.

I’m about to kill another character in the next book, another one that I don’t want to kill because she’s a favorite of mine. But this has been something I known has been coming since I was in the middle of the second book of my Endeavor Series, and her death is critical to the plot.

I am an author, which naturally means that the odds are good that I will be a murderer in print. I’m also a fantasy writer with a magical war going on, and my books are for adults. (For those of you who don’t know, the series is a bit of a reverse fairy tale. The enchanting beginning moves to darker in book 2.) Anyway, the odds are stacked in favor of me doing things on paper that I would never do in real life.

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It’s definitely going to be different in Wicked Atonement, because I’m going from the main four characters to Charlotte. I’m going to miss being with the other characters, but I’ll adapt. I have to. I’ll actually be lifting two secondary characters to main character status for this book to balance things out. I’m not sure if they appreciate more stage time after what happened to my other leads, but the series must go on.

Live Bravely,
Love Strongly,
AEM

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13 thoughts on “They die by my hand, which they love so well.

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  1. Sometimes, you can tell that your character senses their impending demise. In a way, it concentrates their minds and makes them produce worth and value in the time they have left. As I’ve said before, if their passing makes those who are left better or more empathetic, then perhaps it hasn’t been in vain.

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  2. I can kill off major antagonists with impunity. The protagonists who carry the story, as suggested, might lose a peripheral player but the core that started it is the core that ends it. Beat up, bandaged maybe, but still upright. Also, it’s not illegal to load up a character with tragic backstory and loss as motivation. Killing off the MC’s grandmother, and the manner can have all kinds of story driving impact.

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