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On being mean to fictional characters.

Death, accidents, suicide, heartaches, disasters… fictional characters have seen it all. A single fictional character may go through all sorts of horrible things in one book, and I think that that’s okay as long as it serves the story. In a recent discussion with my fiancé, I said that I don’t mind hurting my characters if it moves the plot along. After all, it’s just a story. It’s not like I’m harming a real person by the words I write, so I don’t feel bad.

I think it’s important to maintain some emotional detachment from the story and characters. I’ve learned that the hard way. After nearly four years of keeping a book on hold because I liked my characters too much to decide who would win at the end, I think one should think about what’s best for the story, not what’s best for them.

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