This post was originally written a few years ago when I was a regular columnist on the 'Oh Get A Grip' blog. Hope you enjoy the reboot!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I thought long and hard about the subject this week, "Killing your darlings."
None of my darlings has ever died.
You see, I write HEA. Happily ever after. Killing off one of the main characters works directly against the HEA affect I strive to achieve.
Do I ever put them through torment before that last page is turned? Duh. Books need conflict, or there won't be an interesting story. Most often, the conflict involves something dreadful that's keeping Boy #1 away from Boy #2 (or Girl #1, if you swing in that direction!) As with most good movies or TV shows, the conflict could usually be solved if an objective third party would sit Numbers 1 and 2 down and set them straight with the facts. But that wouldn't be nearly as much fun…