I was writing really well yesterday. I was flying through scenes and words, creating some beautiful work, when I reached a heated moment. As I wrote it, realizing where it was going, I suddenly noted I was backed into a corner. Only 12000 words in I had given a ultimatum to myself: kill main character a or b. There was no way around it. Two very determined individuals were stuck in a pit with a knife. And in that moment I was torn. It wasn’t how do I write myself out of this. It was, who do I kill?
I picked. There’s nothing to be done for it. I need to just move on now and accept the tragedy at hand. Life is a cruel mistress, just in novels it’s more a reflection of a writer’s issues. Did I mention a character was castrated? Lots of issues. Reek!
How do you handle character death? Have you ever back peddled or explained it away? Or do you chase down death?