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How do I kill off a character?

December 24, 2014
Posted at 11:22 pm

I have been avoiding writing recently. Unfortunately, I painted myself into a corner with an earlier installment in my Sarah and Greg series when at the end of Sarah's life (during a flash-forward in the wedding story) she is surrounded by her husband, children, and grand children, but not her wife, Lisa. My plan was to bring in Lisa, who would be third partner in a marriage and the biological mother to the kids, then kill her off. It was a set up to give Sarah the final motivation to have her sexual reassignment surgery. I had it planned; Lisa was to die.

Except, now that I have written for her, I like her too much. This leads me to flipping back and forth as to how I can explain her absence and lack of mention in the previous story. In addition to my liking her, I have had to deal with my own losses recently, and I don't want to lose anyone else - even a fictional character.

I've played with the idea of Lisa dying years before Sarah, but then I need a new motivation for the surgery. I've considered sending Lisa to the "Peace Conference" (an homage to how The Power Rangers got rid of several original characters in the US version.) In the more untimely departure scenarios, I looked at dying after delivery, killed in a car accident, murdered by her ex-husband, and just disappearing. All of them leave me cold, still unable to rewrite the path originally planned.

Eventually, I will figure it out, but until then, Lisa's fate hangs in the balance.