So, I am currently at a mental impasse, I am working on a timeline (for my own reference) for my book and I've been killing emperors like crazy, 30 are dead, gone, and Notable deeds written, but I still have 30 or so left and I think I'm going insane. Any advise on 1. killing emperors (natural deaths work too). 2. forming a strong enough background to support a (hopefully) ongoing series of Novels. 3. Not going insane from killing so many fictional characters (I'd ask GRRM but he's to far gone).
So consider a few things first before killing off your children (yes, you heard right. children.) :
- Is it necessary for that character to die?
- Think about it.
- Is it REALLY necessary?
I will admit that I have killed way too many characters when I first started writing. Main and side characters and nameless, faceless minions alike. And, of course, when I was writing back then, it was perfectly okay to me because a little (or a lot of) death makes a reader cry, right?
Well, mostly wrong.
If you’re trying to make a reader cry, get upset, or freak out over a characters death, it’s almost meaningless when so many deaths happen at once. Try focusing on specific characters.
So now we consider a new set of questions when it comes to killing a character:
- What kind of character are we killing?
- How are they dying?
- How will this affect the MC/cast
Now, maybe these deaths in your story are insignificant. If so, kill them. Just kill them. I found a great post that might help you figure out a way of death: http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1698/reasons-methods-killing-characters-one-reason/
As for creating a strong background/plot, it’s difficult to say. If you’re planning to write a series, be sure that the idea you have is an idea with interlocking conflicts. What I mean to say is: you have a your main conflict, then the inner conflicts/person vs person/person vs nature/person vs technology conflict. If you’re going to write a series, you need multiple different conflicts to keep the readers reading.
And don’t worry about going insane, you’re not the only one :)
I quite literally call my characters ‘my children’ and I raise them to be good people but end up wither killing them or having them make disappointing decisions… *sighs* yeah…. there’s no way to escape that insanity.
I hope this helped you! If you have any more questions, concerns, or just want to talk, feel free to drop by my ask box!