Well, I am at that moment... that moment in the book where someone has to die. Don't worry, it makes me sad too. I will not tell you who it is... you will have to wait to find out. But this week people were asking me about the book and I guess, kind of prodded for what type of writer I am. They wanted details on it.
I'm pretty tight lipped about the whole thing. I give a little bit of information, but mostly I hold it tight to the vest. It is my baby after all, and it's not quite ready to meet the whole world. Haha.
Yet one thing I tried to explain to them was how easy it is to write about someone dying or being killed.
"And he died."
"And he was no more."
"And he drew his last breath."
There are so many ways to write that someone died. The hard part for me is to DESCRIBE the death. I mean it is easy to write stuff down, but I constantly struggle with what I am personally comfortable with. If I am not comfortable writing it, then I always assume my readers will be uncomfortable reading it. How far is too far? How much detail is too much detail?
I'm not a gore person. I don't like watching movies that involve a lot of blood and guts everywhere. I mean one of my favorite shows is the British Robin Hood series... because they fight, they battle, and yet you see very little blood. In fact, Brad has told me often enough that it is corny. But hey, I can't help it. It has enough action for me. I know if a man is stabbed a certain way that he is going to die. I don't necessarily need to see it all happen. I know what is happening to his insides... I don't have to visually picture them oozing out. No thank you. :/ And I assure you my death scenes will NOT be corny. ;)
So back to me writing the death scene. It's happening. It's sad, because I have grown rather attached to all my characters. Even the bad guys. But someone has to die in order for the story to move forward. Sad face. And I know more will die later on, sad face again, and I'm inwardly prepping myself for having to write those.
It has taken me over five days to write this particular death scene, because it is so hard for me to let the character go! BUT... it finally happened. The character died. Gracefully and intricately written but without a tub of guts sitting beside him/her.
If you are looking for a gory book to read... I suggest anything by George R. Martin. ;) I for one, have a hard enough time letting my characters go, much less tearing them to pieces. No matter how good George may be, it's not quite my style of writing. It's his. I like to think I have my own unique style that will leave you just as interested, but maybe not as visually scarred. haha.
In the next couple of weeks, I will be preparing posts to share with you guys more details on The Unfading Lands in regards to the setting and the feel of the book. I want you guys to get a sneak peek and hopefully an excitement for what is finally coming together. :) I will also be presenting character profiles on some of the characters. I want you to get to know them as well, and attached to them, like me. ;) Stay tuned. :)
Howdy Everyone! And welcome to my website! My name is Katharine Hamilton and I am a writer and multi-genre author! Thank you for stopping by!