Three Things You Should Never Do To Your Characters

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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.

Golden Feathers, Silver Clouds

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.

And also.

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.

CONSIDER THAT.

Golden Feathers, Silver Clouds

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.

 

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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.

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Was I able to convince you not to do any of these things to your characters? Huh?

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HEY. THAT SHOULD SAY NATASHA NOËL. HUMPH.

 

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48 thoughts on “Three Things You Should Never Do To Your Characters

  1. You were not. 😂 These things happen for a reason.
    Kill the loved ones -> advance the plot, raise the stakes, quite possibly make the main character do rash things that they pay for later, which also counts as advancing the plot and raising the stakes.
    Dangerous missions -> the whole plot of the whole book.
    Setting stuff on fire -> we only get to do this in books! But that aside, it works to advance the plot, and throw the character into the whole going-on-dangerous-mission thing. 😛
    Anyway, that’s just my opinion on stuff. But from a reader’s point of view, I can totally agree with what you’re saying. (ALL THE DEAD CHARACTERS. PLEASE, NO MORE.)

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      1. 😆 When you begin writing, you want to just KILL EVERYONE! But then over time, you begin learning more about this stuff, and that there are actual things concerned with properly doing it. (Woah I sounds so evil… ‘there’s a proper way to go about killing’ 😳)

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      2. 😆 Nope! I mean, we want readers to FEEL stuff, right? If we make you feel sad or mad at us because a character died, we’ve done a good job. 😉

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  2. 😂😂 This post was *amazing*! I think Natasha has given me some ideas — Mason, Collin, Grace, Araey, and all those other dudes deserve to die! >:D And I’m sure I can come up with a dangerous mission. ALSO KAMRI WOULD actually like her home to be destroyed.

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    1. WHAT NO NO NO NO THAT IS NOT WHAT I MEANT THIS POST TO DO CHLOË – Natasha
      JOSIE YOU BETTER NOT KILL MASON OR ANY OF THOSE OTHER CHARACTERS OR I’M NEVER SPEAKING TO YOU AGAIN. – Chloë

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  3. Erm…. Well, I get you, but I like tragedies hahaha (ok maybe I shouldn’t laugh sorry) so I actually enjoy writing them? I’ll take your advice though. I do a bunch of things to my characters and they would love to meet up with you and rant about it XD XD XD It would be full of complains though

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  4. Okay, so maybe I haven’t done too many things to get in trouble for… I only killed that one person, wait, no I didn’t kill anyone yet! (Except when the whole world died…) 🙂 AND I didn’t make anything like a fire, flood, or earthquake happen to happen to any of my character’s homes…unless you count burnt food. 😉 But I have sent kids on dangerous missions…. Does that mean I’m in trouble??

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