Dead Man Walking

Character death is a necessary evil that some writers try to avoid. Naturally, I’m not speaking to novels that don’t involve death in some fashion such as a romance novel or a coming of age story for a football player. I referring to novels that involve danger of some kind. Dangerous situations make a story exciting and offers a way to show how our character grows through adversity.

Danger is a classical and important device used in stories. It is exciting for the reader and, for me at least, fun as hell to write. There comes a point, however, when constant danger gets stale and the danger just becomes another part of the scenery. This happens when characters never die. No matter how much danger you throw at them, your main character and their friends survive it. It is a disservice to your reader, yourself, and your characters.

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