First up, I need to give a huge **SPOILER ALERT** for my crit group.
I hate having to deal with killing a character. It makes me feel awful, like I need a shower, a stiff drink, or something. No, I haven't killed the character I have in mind...yet. See, way back in the summer I came up with a rough outline for my WIP. And in the course of this outline, I planned for the characters to be at certain places at certain times. Well, so far my mc and her little sister have been on the run from the bad guys with their father. But I need to get rid of the father. In order for my mc to truly grow in this story, she has to be on her own, to rely on herself. And she needs to feel that she's alone in the world. So I just planned to ax her father.
But....I don't want to now. Like I said before, my characters are like real people to me. The thought of doing away with him is awful. But on the other hand, I know that the story will be way more powerful if I do this. So....that's where I'm at now. I started writing the scene last night where he was first shot, and let me say it was rough.
How many of you have killed a character before? How did you handle it? And if you have not done this before, do you think you would be able to?