Do you know the right way to kill a character?

Are you writing a mystery, who-done-it, legal thriller, or suspense story?

Then remember the devil is in the details.

In death, like pregnancy, there are no half-measures. After reading an article by Matt Knight, killing off one of my characters is more complicated than I realized. 

 

What did I learn from Matt?

  • There is a big difference between Murder, Manslaughter, and Homicide. And I need to understand the difference!

Feel free to save the above quick reference. 

His article goes into much more detail. I recommend you click and read. You never know when one of your characters might go off the rails and kill someone.

Murder, Manslaughter, or Homicide – What is the difference? By Matt Knight 

Is any of this new to you?

Are you planning on killing off a character?

Tell me what you think!

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15 thoughts on “Do you know the right way to kill a character?

  1. Sometimes killing someone off can be a matter of convenience as opposed to desire. If a villain kills a villain as is the case in my novel ‘The Hartnetts’, then it can serve as some kind of poetic justice. However killing a villain or killing a character that a reader can sympathise with can be as moving for the reader as it is the writer. The best way is to try and create greater conflict where there already is conflict because it can up the stakes a lot more for the hero and increase their determination to triumph.

    Any thoughts on this would be welcome

      1. Very true but sometimes motive can be as valuable as method. Mind you I can come up with some pretty bizarre ways to end characters.

  2. I write short anecdotes, where I did not try to get any of my characters. I understand when I write a long one, there will be times when some of the characters will no longer be useful, when I come to that, I might kill him her off the natural way, i.e. some kind of sickness which is incurable.

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