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!