As writers, we often form a close connection to our favourite characters. Sometimes though, these characters are destined by plot or by design to die.
As we said in the last prompt (Favourite line that you cut from a story) it is an often repeated truism that:
In writing, you must kill your darlings
That applies just as much to characters as it does to excessive prose.
For today’s platform prompt, tell us about a character you most regret killing off.
Why would I write about that?
I still hold that it is true that there is something wonderful about getting to see inside the editing process of a writer. Never more so than when talking about the characters you would have liked to have kept alive or that you regret killing off.
You never know what will hook a reader into buying a book but if you are willing to share some of your passion for your story, that passion can infect new readers.
There is little or no downside to sharing much loved but ultimately cut moments from a work but plenty of potential upsides. If only because it gives you something to write about on your blog while you edit.
The same is true of sharing favourite characters that you finished off in some gruesome way.
Don’t make this one mistake
There is one mistake you can make when sharing your regret over the death of a character. One mistake you must never make.
That mistake is major plot spoilers. Do not post unmarked spoilers unless you want very unhappy fans.
Without any spoilers, which character do you wish you had not killed off?