WORD FOR THIS POST:
Firth (n): (From Websters dictionary): an indentation of the seacoast.
Since kids returned to school after Christmas Break I've been able to catch up on my writing. "Marked" is officially set aside and I plant to return to it to begin my edits next week. Then it goes off to my editor.
In the meantime I've been working on two other novels and guess what?
I just killed a character.
I will not go into the details of the project so I don't spoil it for anyone, but I must say I cried when killing him off (talking about the book now).
Why did I do it?
I really liked him and he played a large part in the story, but it was necessary. I have a weakness for writing stories with "perfect endings" and "perfect characters", but that does not explore all human emotions.
This person (whom readers will like because of his innocence and hate because of betrayal), redeemed himself through sacrifice. I didn't want to kill him because he had a cool personality and wicked traits, that complemented the MC.
Killing him was the only way out (I tried playing with different scenarios and none would fit). Because of his sacrifice, the MC was able to triumph aver the "bad guys".
Have you killed any of your characters? How did you come to the conclusion to do so? How do you feel when fictional and likable characters die in a novel?