Final Crossings: Dealing with Character Deaths

J. Patterson Doyle

He came through the door with a smile and a sarcastic comment that set me laughing. I watched my characters fall in love with him. I watched him change their world.

Less than a week later, he was dead.

I was at my laptop, locked into the intensity of battle, focused on the story’s goal. I never expected him to be a casualty of that goal. He disappeared from the page in a wisp of smoke and ink, dissolved between my fingers like the figment of imagination he was.

Except. . .he was so much more.

He had become part of me, and with everything in me I wanted to bring him back. Sick at heart, I attempted to rewrite the scene, tried to find some way of bringing him back to life, but the scene refused to adjust.

One of the hardest thing about being a writer is —let’s be…

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Be an unstoppable force.  Write with an imaginary machete strapped to your thigh. This is not wishy-washy, polite, drinking-tea-with-your-pinkie-sticking-out stuff. It's who you want to…

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Monday Motivation: Interview with Action and Adventure Author Brianna Merritt

J. Patterson Doyle

Hi, Brianna! Thank you for joining us today! How long have you been writing? What inspired your quest to become a writer?I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, actually. It started out as something I would ask new people I met: “Would you like to write a book with me?” Of course, young kids will say yes to just about anything so I started a lot of co-authored books, but never finished any. I didn’t finish a novel until 2012 when I did the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum. From there it sort of spiraled into a passion and love I couldn’t contain. Since then I’ve written around twenty different projects (most of them will never see the light of day, or at least, not until they see the scathing tool of editing) in all different genres.

Being a huge fan of writing naturally inspired me…

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