Last week we talked about who to kill off in our fiction. This week I thought we’d take some time to discuss how we do the dastardly deed.
When I turned in Mad Kestrel for the first time, it included a character death. The scene took several pages to complete, because the character was being executed for mutiny, and thus was being hanged in front of the remaining crew. I was careful to research this kind of death. I knew how long it took for the character to die, what to expect as each step occurred and what it all looked like. It’s a fairly gruesome way to go, in my opinion, and writing the scene wasn’t easy, but I wanted the readers to understand that Kestrel, despite being a young woman and new at all this leadership stuff, was still tough enough to take the necessary steps to [...]
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