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This morning I was working on a new scene in THE HALFWAY HERO, which happens to be a scene that develops a character who dies later on in the book. As I was writing, a sort of melancholy came over me. It's kind of strange, spending time with a character whose death I wrote a few months ago. Because I know what's going to happen, and the character doesn't. And it's a character I've come to really really like. To the point that, I have caught myself wondering if somehow this person could come back to life if I get to write a sequel. Even though I know how silly that would be.

In some ways, it's wonderful writing a story where I care about the characters so much. I can't wait to spend time with them. But at the same time, it makes things kind of hard, y'know? After I wrote this character's death scene the first time, I felt soooo sad. And now I have to do it all over again! ;)

Also, it is very hard to write a post like this without using proper pronouns that would give a hint as to who this character is, for those who may read the book later. :P


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May. 8th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
I do love some of my characters too much...I can't kill anyone unless I mark them for death from the start, so I know not to get too attached...even then, it can be hard to go through with it!
May. 11th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's kind of funny--when I was first writing it, I was all giddy about how wonderfully tragic the whole thing was, but after I'd written the death scene I got all teary (and I *never* cry over stuff I've written), and now I'm sad. ;) I guess I ended up liking the character more alive than dead.
May. 8th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I had to kill a character - I cried buckets! Then as I was rewriting, I thought... can I maybe not have this character die? I did all sorts of machinations in my brain of ways to keep this character alive. I ran the scenarios past my crit partners... they were [semi]supportive if I could let this person live. But... in the end, the story demanded blood - and I had to let this character go. It was hard!
May. 11th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Oh, this character definitely has to die. When I figured out that part of the story, that was when the whole climax and conclusion clicked into place--nothing functions without the death. But it still makes me sad! ;)
May. 8th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
i just wrote about this today, megan, so funny (http://heatherduffystone.blogspot.com) ... not a characters' death but falling in love with a character, that moment when he or she becomes a part of your life so completely... my character actually *disappears* and I know that and so writing about him is building to that loss... in any case. I hear you!
May. 11th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
I tend to get quite attached to my characters... especially the ones whose stories I've been working with for a long time. They've taken up residence in my head--how can I help getting close with them? ;)
May. 9th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
I had to kill a character at the end and at first I didn't care because I hadn't written much about her at that point, but I knew she was going to die. By the time I got to that scene, I had come to care for her and I felt a little reluctant in having to kill her off but I went ahead anyway. I cried during the whole scene and then I cried for my MC who had to watch the whole thing.
May. 11th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
That's kind of like my situation--when I figured out about the death I was all happy because it brought everything I needed for the climax/conclusion together so well, and it was all dramatic and stuff... and then after I wrote it I felt such a loss.
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