Mangled Manuscript MondayWhen I was in high school, a friend of mine liked to dress up like Dracula. He’d stand on his front lawn, wait until a car passed, then strike a pose, raising his fist to the sky.
One time, just as a car slowed to witness the spectacle a lightning bolt struck a nearby tree. The driver raced away. Probably because of the psycho on the lawn rather than the supernatural fireworks.
One of the Dracula-wannabe’s favorite word combinations was ‘coup de grâce’. He pronounced it ‘coop de gracee’ but that only added to the favor of the moment.
Coup de grâce means to end suffering by administering a final blow. Or an execution. To kill a wounded enemy or animal.
When I start out writing a new story, I don’t think about killing off a character. It just seems to happen. Like it is either an accident or a conclusion that I didn’t foresee. Oddly, even though these are only voices in my head, still I can get a little misty eyed when they die.
Very odd. Not as odd as a seventeen-year-old man dressing up like a vampire but strange nonetheless.
How do you kill off your characters? Is it premeditated or do they ask for it? And are you saddened by their death?