When I recently sat back and analyzed some of my own “author’s behavior,” it gave me…ummm… a bit of a chuckle. I had been crying, literally, with a pile of tissues, over the fate of a character I had created in my mind.
In the course of constructing novels, the plot often demands the death of some players, both good and bad. I was honestly amazed to find out how
emotionally attached I had become to this particular character, a how horrible of a person I considered myself for contemplating his death.
True, he was entirely fictional. I made him up in my mind, brought him to
“life” through words, then orchestrated his ultimate death. I felt evil. I felt bereft. I felt.....crazy? Yes, that most of all!
And admittedly, it is a bit funny. I scratched my head and laughed a little. Then I called my mother for advice.
“You’re going to kill him?” she gasped. “Him?? No!”
“But... I feel it may work best with the plot.”
She sighed. “When I read a book, and an author kills off one of my favorite characters, I want to throw the book down and curse them. And never read another book they’ve written again as revenge.”
“Oh.” Well that put a new slant on things! I felt a little better, a little less weepy. I got busy on an alternate ending. And I made it work.
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