To Kill Or Not To Kill?

The Kill

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It’ s a little frustrating for me when I kill off some of the characters I don’t like in my novels. Like the current one I am writing now, I had to kill off a guy I loved ( I thought he was going to be good and then decided against it) I noticed he’s got some hidden secrets and so I just had to let him go, if he stayed, it could ruin things for a lot of people (characters).

It’s funny because I actually FEEL my characters… I often questioned their motives, behaviour and reasons they are in the plot. Boring and time-consuming isn’t it? But that’s just me, a realist fiction writer!

I was still battling with my decision when my children came back from school and they asked me about the novel, this conversation ensues between my 6-year-old daughter and myself, her name is Elizabeth.

Me: ”Hey guys, how was school today?”

Elizabeth: ” It was ok mum, how was your writing?”

Me:  ”Not bad, I am thinking of killing one of my best characters,” And I told her a little about the plot (She’s written a hundred word story by the way, we’re still looking for publishers, she told me she wanted to be rich like me, I wish!)

Elizabeth: ”I think you should still give him a chance…” then there was a pause and she added, ”Don’t you think you’ll go to jail if you kill XXA (name of the character)

Me: ” No, I won’t, I created him, so I can kill him.” I explained smiling, such innocence.

My son entered my office, ( a cool corner in the house) and the expression on his face was one of uncertainty (he’s ten), he asked politely if he could give his opinion and I agreed.

Samuel: ” Why not ask your readers what they want?”

Me: ”Thanks dear, I’ll put that into consideration.”

And that ended our conversation but I was back to square one, to kill or not to kill? At the end of the day, I decided to give him another chance but I am still going to kill him, soon…

I am a very shy writer, I get so protective of my work so I won’t be asking what you guys think yet until the novel is out.

And I am feeling emotional right now, I have met some wonderful people on this blog journey. Creative, intelligent and brilliant  friends and I  just want to say I love you guys!

Au revoir…

I’ll be back! (Arnold used to say that in most of his films, right? How weird!)

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10 comments on “To Kill Or Not To Kill?

  1. artisticmilestone says:

    You have a smart 6 yr old, I think writing novels is in his blood 🙂

  2. Ben Naga says:

    Elizabeth: ”Don’t you think you’ll go to jail if you kill XXA (name of the character)

    Me: ” No, I won’t, I created him, so I can kill him.”

    Elizabeth: “Does that mean you can kill Samuel.”

    Pause.

    Elizabeth: “And do you have to ask Daddy if its OK?”

    P.S. This is meant to be a smile-inducer about the way young children think. I do hope you take it that way and are not offended.

  3. Seyi sandra says:

    It’s alright Ben, my husband thought nothing of it. Kids say all sorts of things and it shouldn’t be taken literarily. My love to your wife. Cheers!

  4. Manu Kurup says:

    I think Arnold said that a little too often. They pull his leg in The Expendables 2 for that.. 😀
    Anyway, I think kids have a clean slate for mind and their beliefs and opinions can be thought-provoking as well as shockingly innocent. 🙂

  5. Seyi sandra says:

    You’re right, just a word from a kid could send you reeling in laughter or make you cry!

  6. What a lovely,warm post and blog.

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