K is for Killing

I’ve missed a few days.  Sorry…

Today I want to say a few words about killing.  Specifically killing characters that readers like.

If you’re going to kill a character, you want it to have the maximum impact.  You don’t want to kill them for no reason, or you lose the effect.  The death of one of your main characters, if done right, should draw a strong emotional reaction in the reader.  Grief, of course.  Understanding.  Why did this character die?

Could it have been avoided?  The answer better be no.  The last thing you want is to kill someone in a contrived, unbelievable manner.  Rather than grieving the loss of a fictional friend, the reader will turn on you, considering you a murderer rather than story teller.

Hopefully this makes sense.  Leave your thoughts below!