How To Successfully Kill Off A Character In Your Book

How To Successfully Kill Off A Character In Your Book

I recently beta read a book that is set to be released this fall. In it, a character I'd grown to love dies. I seriously wanted to throw the book at the wall, through the window, etc. I'd grown attached to this character and though this wasn't one of the main characters, their death hurt me. This got me thinking about my upcoming novel and killing off characters in general. How do we, as authors, successfully kill off characters in our book?  When deciding to kill off a character in your novel, I think there are four things you should consider: Who are you killing? How will this person die? How does their death affect other characters or advance the plot? Does this character truly need to die? Let's consider these questions one at a time. 

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