Hello, everyone! It’s Natasha again.
And before you ask, yes, Chloë does know I’m here. She’s kinda freaking out because of an upcoming audition. I don’t see what she’s so excited about, the only thing kids can be in it are Munchkins and Monkeys. I’d try out for Dorothy. I’m almost an adult, after all. Anyways, the only thing Chlo doesn’t know about is the subject of this post. *smirks*
And I’m pretty sure that the title of this post is self explanatory.
Thing Number One
Don’t kill everyone dear to your character!
I repeat, DON’T KILL OUR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS!
How would YOU feel if we, the characters from your book, attacked everyone you love? Well? How would you feel? EXACTLY. That’s how we feel! So.
How many times has your sister or best friend dropped down dead from a gunshot or poisoning or something like that? How many times?
Yeah, pretty sure that that has never, ever, happened. So, if you include deaths in your book, they aren’t very realistic, because, in real life, most people don’t just drop dead.
Thing Number Two
Don’t send your characters on dangerous missions!
This one is just cruel. Why send kids on dangerous missions? Why not adults? Okay, maybe you do send adults, but whatever.
How many times have you, as a kid, or even a teen, gone on a dangerous mission? Have you ever had to survive in the wild because of an inaccurate compass or map? I pity you if you have, but if you haven’t… it proves my point.
Kids on dangerous missions are inaccurate. Very much so.
Really, just think about it.
Thing Number Three (or should this be the Cat in the Hat??)
Don’t blow up your character’s home! Or set it on fire! Or flood it!
So, maybe one of these things has happened to you (the fire or flood), and you know how unpleasant it can be. So why torture your characters by inflicting it on them? Hm?
And do you know how awful explosions are? Trust me. I’ve been in one… not fun at all.
Was I able to convince you not to do any of these things to your characters? Huh?
HEY. THAT SHOULD SAY NATASHA NOËL. HUMPH.