Now that I’ve got you here, I’m going to send you somewhere else. I’m part of a very cool project Thomas A. Knight is running over on his blog, 29 Days of Fantasy. He’s lined up all sorts of authors to delve into the different facets of my favorite literary genre, fantasy.
My post went up today, and I wrote about something light and airy – death! More specifically, why killing your primary characters, especially in a fantasy novel, is a good idea. Here’s an excerpt from Kill Your Darlings – Why Primary Characters Deserve to Die:
Death is a powerful tool to make that connection. Everyone has had an experience with a loved one or friend dying. And even if they haven’t, they’ve worried about it. There are countless, complex emotions attached to death. Fear, regret, longing, relief and anger are just some of the ripe areas to explore.
But it has to be a major character to have an impact. Think about your own life. How would you feel if a secondary character in your own life died? A distant cousin, or a friend you see three times a year? What about your father? Or your daughter?
I won’t give it all away here – go check it out! While you’re at it, browse around the other awesome posts and bookmark this page, so you can come back and read what hasn’t been posted yet.