|He has nothing to do with killing anything, |
but a cute guy with a book on his head is awesome.
1. Edit out the excess words not needed in the story
2. Get rid of the excess characters in the story. Not everyone in the first draft makes it to the second.
3. In order to add drama to the story, kill one of the main characters.
4. This one's the most drastic and too painful to think about. When you need to kill a whole book. Why oh why?
For my latest WIP, The Dream Maker, I had every intention of doing the third. I went into the book knowing I was going to kill off the heroine’s favorite patient who happened to be the hero’s niece. It would be easy to do because she’s been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Do you know how hard it is to kill off a beloved character? I really liked this young lady. A lot. Her name is Vanessa and she’s an intelligent smart ass. Plus she likes to stick her nose into everyone’s business, like when she helps to set up the hero and heroine. But the thing I enjoyed most about her is that she enjoys life and doesn’t want to disturb anyone with the pain she’s feeling about being diagnosed with cancer.
Oh my goodness I love Vanessa. So do you think I was able to kill of this darling? Um…I’m not telling. You’ll have to wait until the book comes out to see. It was a difficult decision, but I think the one I made turned out well for the story.
What about you? Any darlings in your novels that you’ve had to kill which gutted you to do so?