Character death in fiction

In the 14 years that I considered myself as a “dedicated reader” I have never quite understood reader and author avoidance to character death. I understand that readers (I’m as guilty of this as anyone) become overly attached to characters. To see them suddenly killed off leaves us screaming at the pages and the author. But is this really a bad thing? Do we always want to see favourite characters linger in terrible circumstances, or worse, a drawn out half-baked plot? Gratuitous killing is undesirable, of course, but I oft prefer to see a character die when they have finished their plot purpose, than simply see them move on purposeless because readers simply want to see them more.

It is this philosophy that guided me through Darkness Rising. Most of my “main” characters survived the narrative, but a plethora of side and supporting characters met their end. Plot purpose is the reason. So when some of you saw a more pacified writer in Sea of Storms, I hope you did not see it as a change in philosophy. I still very much believe when major characters have no more interesting stories to tell, they should meet some sort of end as befits their character.

Most of my notes for Heart of the Sand are quite bloody. It should be fun.

Sea of Storms completed (first draft)

It was an interesting two weeks (and a pile of writing) but I am very much relieved that Sea of Storms is complete at last (see the navigation on the right to read it). Of course, it is just a first draft, but there is a lot I’m happy with. I am very pleased with a brisker pacing, increased chapters, and more focused character perspectives. Not to mention the character groupings are far more dynamic than they were with Darkness Rising.

But most of all? I am two-thirds of the way to my first retail published collection (yes!). It doesn’t seem so far away now.

I’ll have some Heart of the Sand updates next week.

Welcome to the world of Existence!

If you are reading this, then you have found the humble beginnings of the web home for the short stories, novellas, and novels set in my fictional world. It isn’t much right now, but like every story, it starts small and grows with each passing week.

I will be blogging about my story progress as much as I can, providing links to the stories themselves, and work to add information about the fictional world that I am pouring my heart and soul into.

That’s it for now. I hope you enjoy your stay!

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