The benevolent association of character preservation.

So I’m thinking of killing a character.

No, not that one. That one.

But yeah, the problem is that I’m not sure whether or not I’m doing it for the right reasons. I’ve already killed a character very early on into the book, but the problem is that as it stands the good guys are taking very few casualties amongst the cast.

And that doesn’t really strike true for me. I know I can get away with it, but in the back of my mind there’s this niggling little thought that it isn’t realistic.

Of course this brings up the problem that would I just be killing this character to balance the numbers. If it isn’t justified by the story, killing a character is just a bit of a dick move. Its a cheap emotional tactic, and one I’m loathe to use.

On yet another hand, though, there’s the thought that it adds a dramatic element to the plot that might be necessary to emotionally spur on the final few scenes.

The struggle is real, folks. Thankfully, I’ve still got a while before I reach the point where I have to make that decision.


1 Comment

  1. Killing off any character, especially one of the main supporting characters, is a bold step at any stage. I think its authenticity rides on how the other characters react. Does this character’s death pave the way for the group to make mistakes based on revenge or emotion? For the reader to buy it, the death had to impact the plot. If the MC’s journey feels too safe, death might be an option. Just don’t rule out capture, injury, fighting between members, or someone changing sides as possible sources for conflict, either.

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