Don’t Be Afraid to Kill Your Characters

Because it can be fun!

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

12 thoughts on “Don’t Be Afraid to Kill Your Characters

  1. I do this all the time!

    Right now, I need to figure out what the characters in any of several ideas I have should actually DO in the story before I get to the question of killing them off, though.

  2. If you love a character, kill him or her.
    If they come back to life in your creative sessions, you must make a place for them.
    If they don’t, they have served their purpose.

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