The invigorating reason I kill characters

Every writer has a reason to kill of characters from minor to main characters. We devote our diabolical selves to self mutilation through story. Killing in stories for me are never done without purpose. Its like walking outside in the sun but as you walk the clouds come in and the storm starts.

Death is inevitable and as a writer I like to rummage on how people handle such a horrific tragedy. I like to live my life like Don from fast and Furious.

“I live my life a quarter mile at a time.” — Dom Toretto. | The Fast and The Furious (2001)

My theory is that if we are all going to die why do we all place importance on things over relationships? Its the same question I place on if this character dies whose life would be affected?

Life only has meaning if we make it have meaning. Our characters have to learn values, solve problems, and live just like we do. It means naturally people die, or leave a main character’s life. If you think for a second a writer has it easy. We don’t. We don’t just sit here and go we are going to die and write about it.

“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

No. We go “everyone tastes the reaper.” But how come there are so many separate reactions to it? Some react by acting like it doesn’t exist and others are aware but still live their life for an early death. I write to face this fact. A story makes the idea of dying bearable kind of like how an ice pop makes the heat not so hot.

I utilize storytelling to make my mind cope with the thought of my own death. If I leave behind just one touching story my life meant at least a little more to someone out there. I think as a writer we come to term with the unthinkable and write about. War. Just read Harry Potter and we get a grasp of what slaughter is like, or even Game of Thrones.

“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.” — Ned Stark

In the end the thing about death that scares most of us is its unpredictability. You don’t see it coming, and if you live your life like how you want to be remembered…would we be as unhappy as we are? We would want to buy all these things rather than gain experiences.

Thus I kill characters to learn more about death as a whole.

What do you think about death?


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