Thursday, 3 February 2011

Murder she wrote!

I have just reached a massive turning point in my novel 'Red Kite' where I have no option but to murder one of the main characters. I have been thinking about it for a while and feel it's the only way forward.

I have re-written it so many times and never seen this until now. I suppose it is easier if you have a murder already planned into a plot but in my case it wasn't until now. I didn't see it coming but have to do it in order for the final chapter to make sense and to have the depth of feeling that I want to show.

I feel guilty in an odd way as my character has lived in my head for more than ten years but his departure means so much to this story.

That is the most amazing and magical thing about novel writing as it can feel like real life where you never know what may happen from one day to the next.

Here goes - time to be brutal!


  1. Hi Diane,
    Yikes! So it's time to be 'brutal'. I'm just pleased I'm not one of your main characters :-)
    All the best with your novel 'Red Kite'. Obviously, not all the best, to that main character.
    Take care and happy writing.
    Gary x

  2. Hello Gary! Oh I am not a violent person really! I just felt that if I want this story true to life I have to make it read like that.
    I do feel bad ( a little - but he has to go!!!)
    Best wishes to you
    Di xx

  3. You know what they say, Di, 'Murder Your Darlings,' At least you have a way forward now nd no matter how painful it might be to introduce a murder to the plot - I'm sure your book will be the better for it.

    Julie xx

  4. Murder? There's a first time for everyone!

  5. Hi Julie, Yes I have done it and I believe it makes it better. Fingers crossed! xx

  6. Oh dear Simon, It's done now and I have gone public with it!! Just hope it works for me!