As a writer, I just had my first experience with killing off a main character.
I hadn’t expected it to go as smoothly as it did. I had planned on this particular characters death since first planning the novel – so it wasn’t unexpected. However, I thought it’d be a bit more dramatic, at least for me.
Well, I’ve spent countless hours building and creating a world with these characters to live and relate in. . . only for a main character to die. It’s like watching Return of the Jedi, knowing Yoda’s about to kick it. Or watching The Land Before Time and waiting on the inevitable death of Littlefoot’s mother. (I’m sorry I brought that one up! It still gets to me as well!)
I figured it’d be a lot more difficult writing the death scene. Saying “goodbye” to someone I’ve spent the past year having run around in my head. As it turns out, it wasn’t a big deal at all!
I’ll ask again: why?
I wonder if Yoda’s death scene was hard to write? It probably wasn’t! He was only a puppet! I wrote about a real, fictional human!
Damned if I know! Maybe authors aren’t supposed to feel so attached to their characters? Was I a lucky one? Perhaps I became desensitized to knowing the death was going to happen? Maybe I’m happy the character is dead?
Or maybe I wrote the death so poorly it wasn’t emotional enough?
. . . Oh, crap! What if my whole story was written poorly?! WHAT IF IT ALL SUCKS?!
BRB. Gotta re-organize my life.
One thought on “The Inevitable Death Scene”
You never know how this stuff is going to hit you. It may be a perfectly okay death scene. My recommendation it to take a deep breath, put it down and come back to it later. Good luck.