“Is it okay to kill your main character?” I asked two of my writer friends at a coffee shop last week. They both stared at me.
“Well, is it?”
This little innocent question, in my mind, started a whole conversation on why it is and isn’t okay to do so. When is it okay to kill one’s character? The whole point of the book I am working on is for my hero to end for a worthy cause, one that will change and start a revolution. Hey it works in the movies, and I am sure there are books out there that have done this same thing. But when Robin mentioned I left nothing for a sequel if I did t hat my response was, “I’m not planning a sequel to this book.”
Again, they started at me in disbelief.
For me to not have my hero die would mean I would have to totally revise my book and the plots inside of it. I’m really not a fan of that, it would make the novel something that was never my intent. Granted, it could make it even better. But I know inside I will not be changing my WIP in that respect. I might change the ending a bit so there can be a sequel which in my writer friends mind would justify her dying. We will see. I am on page 20 of edits so I have a while to go.
6 thoughts on “Killing my hero”
It’s fine as long as it is closer to the end than the start.–I killed off the hero in my first book– I love tear jerking endings.
It happens in the last two or three lines of the book. I do as well, yay!
I believe the story is more realistic if you do.
I don’t see anything wrong with it. Added bonus for making your readers cry/threaten you. 😀