Quick writing tip: don’t give your characters honorable deaths

homesteadhorner:

ava-burton-writing:

instead of dignified last words and quiet sigh as your characters pass, consider: make scream, plead, cry not to go. have snot drip down their face. strip away their pride. leave them sobbing, vulnerable, scared, human. :))

(obviously this is a only tip and won’t work for every death scene but it sure is fun to write)

I legitimately used this to rewrite an entire scene. Not only did it add to the tension of the moment, but it also reflected the character’s growth, exposed their flaws, and coincided with the changes they have faced during their character arc all at once. It made the death feel justified. So I thank you, my friend, for the reminder to continually cut the melodrama from my fiction and make it rough, raw, real and utterly humane.

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