Recently, I read a book where the author killed off a character near the beginning of the book. Later in the book, this made me highly concerned about a certain character I liked. It started to drive me crazy, and I had to know if he was going to live. So I kept reading and reading, even though I thought at one point… “If you kill him off, that’s it…I’m done with this book!” Thankfully, the author had the sense not to kill him.
So my question is...does killing off a character make a book more intense? Could I add more intensity to my own writing if I killed someone off at the right moment in Vallar 2? In other words, am I not being ruthless enough? Or do I risk upsetting readers?
There is one character that I have been considering killing off for a few reasons.
1. It would make the antagonist all the more hated.
2. It would add even more of a personal factor.
3. It would let the reader know…hey anyone could die here!
However, this isn’t easy. I’m attached to this character and I don’t want to think of him or her as dead, which I would do. Silly, I know. I’m going to take my time thinking about this one.
Before a character dies, I believe there is some planning that should be considered. Here are the main points:
1. Some foreshadowing, rather than having it happen all of a sudden.
2. The death should matter in some way and not be just for the shock value. This goes along with my theory that every incident in a book should be tied to the plot.
What do you think about killing off a character?
Writing was delayed last week because I went on a little vacation with my daughter to an indoor/outdoor water park. After much thought, I left the laptop at home. Before leaving, I promised my daughter, I would be like a kid and go on everything (which I did) but I also think that most of the time I was the oldest person in line for those rides. If only they had elevators to the top of those slides. Also…I wish they could have cranked up the wave pool to about 5 to 6 foot waves (instead of those boring 2 to 3 foot waves) Now that would be real swimming.
Meanwhile, I’m still working on Vallar 2. It’s hovering around 80K as I keep adding and deleting things. The climax and ending is not even written yet. It’s in my head, but still kind of vague. I always leave it for last because it’s the hardest part to write.
Anyway my method (usually) is to stick with one project until it’s done, so I’m going to be pushing myself to make progress.
Have a great week, everyone.