It’s finally happened!
I have a general idea of where my fantasy series will end, the events that will happen leading up, and who will die when all is said and done.
I created a support character that I was totally okay with killing off…UNTIL I STARTED WRITING! I am at the point where I don’t want them to die, but keeping them alive would only complicate the story. Through the tears I will shed, I must press on and stick with my guns on this one.
What is the thought process behind kicking the character bucket?
Why should you kill off a well-developed character?
If this particular character will add to the ongoing conflict in your story. Characters that seem to be prospering and gaining headway are prime candidates for being buried, especially if it creates more conflict or postpones a quick resolution to your tale. It should add to the flow and give your story more substance.
Developing Another Character
Sometimes, killing off character adds to another character’s story (especially if they are EVIL). Meaning if a characters death pushes others to a certain point in the story where you are either enhancing or depleting other characters motives or personality. It will either make the reader love or hate that particular person/creature, which means for a more INVESTED reader.
Expect the Unexpected
Readers LOVE a page-turner; a story where they don’t expect their favorite MC or side character to fall off the pages (GoT Red Wedding, PRIME example). If you are developing a character that your readers can get behind, killing them off might be the perfect way to keep them turning the pages.
Remember, you don’t want to kill a character JUST BECAUSE.
Doing so will leave your story flat and might confuse the reader as to why.
So if you are going to play the game of Clue in your book, make sure you make it memorable, impactful, and adds to the overall story.
May Sol’s Light Shine Within You –