Why, then, do people choose to kill time? This is quite literally letting time pass you by, instead of taking advantage of it. Killing time is a vicious cycle. What starts as a short break browsing online, can turn into hours wasted. You come up with random things to do, wasting your time, instead of knocking this one task out.
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Tackle the hardest thing on your to-do-list, or the thing that is hanging over your head, and get it done. It takes discipline to accomplish the hardest task first, but it is a habit that will increase your levels of performance and productivity. Making a to-do list is an effective way to put your organizational skills to work and prioritize tasks to save time. Scheduling a block of time to relax for a moment is not the same as aimlessly scrolling the internet when you could be getting something done. Talk to your co-workers about something non-work related. Successful people make the most of each hour of every day, using every moment to their advantage.
I hope you enjoy it. The most shocking death was probably Johnny Cade from S. It was both shocking and mesmerizing.
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You could tell he was going to eventually die from those injuries he got, but it was still shocking no matter what. The backstory Johnny had was just incredibly shocking, and it did make us readers feel bad for Johnny and care for him, so when he died, it made us really upset. Nice article! So far, the title is Casketless. What do you think of the title?? I really like it — it inspires the reader to ask questions, which is great for getting them interested in reading more.
As for choosing the title early in the writing process, hopefully the article below will be useful. I actually tend to kill off my favorites. He was my favorite for sure. I read this article in order to help me further my decision along, and I think I know where to go now. No problem, glad it was useful. In my story my main character dies at the end. He is a warroir that at that moment realises the only way to win is with his death. Do you have any reccomendations i could read to find the best way to do it. He fights hard but isnt quick enough to beat the stories villian. She wont kill him then he will be chained up and have to live with that as thats a worse punishment than death.
The idea is the all the people he knows their faces flash and with his last ounce of strength dives on her blade and holding it so she cant get away. The book and movie handle it slightly differently — with many thinking the latter has more emotional resonance — but I think both will contain some valuable pointers. I remember when rue died in the hunger games, that was a moment in storytelling I think struck everyone to the core. Thanks for commenting — a great example of an effective character death.
But after reading this seems now all my reasons for now wanting to kill her shows I should in the end. Well there goes my happy ending for the protagonist I had envisioned as a possibility heh. Thanks for commenting. Remember, though, that the reader is going to feel just as bad about losing her, so the sacrifice will be worth it in the end.
Hello Russ, I sympathize with your comment so much as I also came to this article with the same intent and finished with the same realization. But her demise from that point onwards is quick and harsh compared to how she fought a hard uphill battle to get to her current situation. I suppose her ending is more bittersweet as she herself does die happily but she still does not accomplish all she could have or be set up in the story to do. But then again….. I am currently writing a story where I am considering killing off one of the main characters at the end.
He is actually one of my favorite characters, and I am having many doubts over whether or not I should go through with it. Without his death, the outcome would obviously be very different, however one of the main reasons I also have doubts concerning killing him. I am mostly worried that killing him would be considered fishing for shock value something I utterly despise when I come across it in other works. I have a tendency to kill off characters for ironic purposes.
In this case, he and the other characters have finally resolved the conflict. The past has been forgiven, and they are all about to move on with their lives. Is ironic fulfillment a bad reason to drive the point home? Thanks for commenting with such a great question. I think there are really two layers to this. Liking our characters is an insidious feeling, as it can tint our judgement without us even knowing. Your reader might feel anguish in the moment, but done correctly it will add depth and permanence to the story.
The second layer is the unblinkered consideration of what the death means to the story. I think the type of irony you describe can be really effective — Stephen King does this kind of thing quite often, killing someone off once the reader believes the characters are safe, or are about to be.
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If the former, it sounds like that death would be appropriate. To my mind, your description suggests the death would work well, but your own assessment will be far more dependable. This was a very helpful article. I was most surprised when Chuck from the Maze Runner died. I remember very vividly throwing the book across the room. It sounds like a very effective story moment. I have multiple pov characters that die, but near the end of story the most important female character from my story dies in a very sad way.
I lile to kill my characters in a very violent or sad way. She discovers a dark secret about not really villain, the guy tries to protect Earth from invasion, his intentions are actually good, but his ways are bad , the main bad guy, a politician that massacred the family of her love interest when he was a child. She finds out, and she falsely gets accused of betrayal and having links with terroristic groups from other planets.
The politicians promise to her that if she not speaks, he will not kill her family and will stop hunting her friends, the girl chose to keep the secret. In the end, she dies.
I am afraid that her death is too clichee, or the reasons are too stupid to kill her off. The politician believes that if the girl dies, his secret is safe, but actually, her death will lead directly to his downfall. She has been trhgough so many bad things only to die? And how about her love interest? She promised to him he will never be alone again because she will stay forever with him? I kinda enjoy killing characters, but with this one i really have problems.
You raise a lot of interesting issues, but I think they fall into two groups. In terms of the reader, the reactions you describe are far more likely to be emotional than logical. If you decide the death works for the story, the next job is writing her life in such a way that the death feels earned. I am also thinking to drop hints as the story is developing. I hoped that perhaps I could throw an idea out regarding killing off one of my characters and receive some feedback on it.
He is sentenced to death, and after his execution, the public believes the real murderer has been executed and justice has been done. I planned to have the real killer choose to kill again and taunt the investigators for convicting the wrong man. I realize the possibilities of such a thing happening are slim, given the thoroughness of the trial system in cases where the death penalty is administered, and that the realism of the story needs improvement, but I suppose my main question is this: What effect s do you think this would have on readers?
My intent is to have this character die either way, but is it cliche or odd to have the actual murderer kill again, and insult authorities? Thank you for the help! This kind of detail will work if you craft a world where it seems believable. Because of this, internal consistency is more important than stark realism, something described in the article linked below. That said, a degree of realism is necessary to keep the reader in-world.
Perhaps the scientist could be killed in prison, allowing you to have all the initial drama while side-stepping investigations or appeals that might otherwise come later. My most memorable character death was Sophie-Ann Leclerq. Then she died and I felt terrible about it. She was awful but so was the loss of her character. I think that was kind of clever of the author to make me feel that….
Thanks for sharing. Lukas did this because he has a very twisted sense of justice, and because he was the only child in his family and had parents that rarely gave him attention.
He was jealous of the twins under the logic that because he could not have familiar love, that nobody else should be able to have it. It sounds like a developmental edit or story consultation would be most useful. The protagonist is not a detective. He is a Secondary student. The 3 dead characters also secondary student. The first character of the three dead The story begins with the presence of her body and the other two die without the readers knowing anything about who they are.
The protagonist investigated the crimes without. He saw only the first corpse and the first scene of crime. He did not conduct the field investigation. This has a knock-on effect — death is set up as less of a threat in the world of the story, and the killer may not be as interesting because, in practical terms, the threat they pose is basically theoretical. That said, it all depends how you use the early deaths.
If you just want to get some deaths out of the way so the story can start, or the protagonist is at a deliberate remove, this could be made to work. I came here with hesitation about killing a character off, only to be indirectly convinced that — maybe — doing so would be best. Such is life, haha. A character, previously a delinquent without an apparent good cause, has finally got some screen time and has been siding with the protagonist who he unabashedly bonk heads frequently with and demonstrating good traits that have been obscured by his old overbearing attitude.
He plans to become an engineer and to channel some of his stress through muay thai tournaments. Romance is beginning to stir between them as time goes on. All in all, I was initially pondering whether he should die facing the aforementioned foe while protecting his values and dear one, or if I should keep him alive. If he dies: A major impact will be left in the close friends of his, including the protagonist.
If I execute it right, I may also break that comforting safety that the story has been riding on up to this point to convey how life takes on twists. If he lives: He will fulfill his goals, break ties with his delinquent lackeys, form stronger and romantic ties with the aforementioned doctor-in-training and continue fighting to motivate people into taking more actions.
So sorry for the novella of a comment! But I would humbly appreciate to receive some guidance in my doubts. Thanks in advance! The fact that this character could have a future, and has presumably been written as if his life will continue, will make the death as effective as possible. On top of that, dramatically speaking, few readers really want to see someone get their life together.
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Happy holidays Rob! This event intention is not only to shock the audiences but to change the course of trajectory for the hero and survivors. Would like to know your opinion. Thank you in advance. Hi Rob, I found everything you said on here very useful. In my story there is a character who has to die in order to portray the brutal and unforgiving world the characters live in but also to change the attitudes of one of the other characters, who happens to be infatuated with this character.
Their death is essential to the plot but what I really want to know is, should I kill them? Your opinion would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for asking. Though it adds plot relevance, I actually wrote it in a way that could make a reader feel sympathy for him. Ultimately, it comes down to whether the scene makes the reader feel as they should — do you WANT the death to be upsetting or to feel triumphant? For the sole purpose of creating a bond, seperating that charachter from the main charachter and then returning them back together only to be killed by the maincharachters own hands.
And unfortunately now while typing here basically rubberducking. The charachter says some final words and gives a letter to the main charachter, adds some final words and dies of bloodloss. Also something else I wanna add. I initially wrote the first couple of chapters 5 years ago, and now I wanna finish it completely as my first real story. So is something like the above possible? Thanks for the reply! I managed to keep the character in the story, by making the main character follow the deceased characters footsteps. Thanks for the help and take care.
Hi Rob, I am writing a dystopian novel in which there is a deadly illness called the Plague in the book. The other option is that Matt leaves before Christina dies, thinking her to be dead, and continues the journey. He has caught the Plague from Christina, but is able to make it to his destination.
About a day after he reaches the place, he goes comatose and it is assumed he dies. However, he wakes up and has been administered a cure by some people humans, not aliens who have returned from Mars with the cure to the Plague.