A to Z Blogging Challenge: Death
A to Z Blog Challenge / April 5, 2016

In writing, you must kill all your darlings. William Faulkner Maybe, as writers, we take the quote above a little too seriously. If you’re George R. R. Martin, don’t even think about it. You do. I do it, too. I kill off characters. I’m not quite sure what the appeal is. I mean, for one thing, you now have an angry Character who will forever resent you for forcing them through a death scene. Angry Characters don’t like Writers. I can attest to this. For a second thing, you now have angry Readers who will forever resent you for forcing them through a death scene. Angry Readers may, oddly enough, love Writers. I haven’t figured that one out. There are good reasons and bad reasons for killing off your characters. I agree with most of them in the infographic below, but maybe for different reasons. It advances the plot or It fulfills the doomed character’s personal goal. To me, this is the one inarguable reason to kill off a character. If the plot says you must, you must. If the character’s identity says you must, you must. It motivates other characters. I’m iffy on this. Yes, it gets used, but…