Only one month left before the end of Series 3 of Sherlock.
lets not think like that
life becomes a little bit more beautiful once you realize that there is two people sharing a bowl of salsa in the logo
i was more excited when i found the arrow in fed ex
no, how about when I realized that the arrow in amazon was pointing from a to z (saying that they sell anything from a to z)
i like the google logo because it is colorful
IF YOURE EVER SCARED TO TALK TO ME DONT BE BECAUSE ODDS ARE THAT IF YOU MESSAGE ME ILL SQUEAL LIKE A LITTLE GIRL AND TAKE 10 MINUTES TO DECIDE THE BEST POSSIBLE THING TO SAY TO YOU BECAUSE YOURE AWESOME AND I LOVE YOU
Breaking hearts with character deaths
Anonymous asked you:
Hi!! Do you have any tips about writing death scenes without making it seem rushed? I want it to be heart-breaking, but I don’t think adding lots of details and descriptions will help.
I think I can help you out. For me, in order for a character death to put me through the stages of grieving, I need all of these elements to come into play:
- The emotional connection.
- The character relationships.
- The buildup.
- The release.
- The aftermath.
Character deaths in fiction emphasize the feeling of mortality, that no one’s really safe, which can absolutely elevate a story (which I talked a bit about here). So, with that in mind, let’s tackle this list.
- The Emotional Connection
This is the way we relate to characters, also “the bond” that we share with characters. Relating to a character doesn’t simply mean on a surface level (“This character goes to high school, just like me.”), but also on a more emotional level (“This character struggles with identifying themselves within the whole of society, just like me.”), hence “the emotional connection”.
Relating to a character means seeing ourselves in this character, and it also helps to elevate the character off the page, making them more “real”. The “real” part is what gets readers. A character we connect to, or can empathize or sympathize with in some way, is a character we’ll afford greater emotional output for – as in, we’ve invested ourselves in this character. We feel we gain something when the character grows, and we have something to lose when the character loses, and when this sort of character dies, it has the potential to travel right up our emotional ties and rattle our little black hearts.
Think of a story where lots of characters die, both in the main cast and the secondary cast and the background. How many of these deaths really hit home with you? Which ones left a lasting impression? How were you connected with these characters?