Killing Characters

I got into a conversation yesterday about killing off characters. I was told, ‘every good book has to have someone die’

I most certainly disagree with this, and to me this is almost taking the easy way out. There are hundreds of different tragedies that can happen to a character without having someone die. Sure, everyone know that Martin will kill off a character just when you start to love them. But is that what you want to be known for?

If you kill someone off, yes, you create some emotion in your book, but then that’s it. Anything else to do with that character is over. If you do something more like put them in an unknown situation, a disappearance, then you have emotion out of your character from not knowing where your loved one is, and later you have even more emotion when they are reunited.

And thus ends my thought for the day. Good writing to all.

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