I am pretty sure that makes me a literary masochist.
I am pleased to say that time has healed me to the point that I won't feel the need to carry the book around with me like a security blanket for the next month, so I can periodically go to the middle or beginning section of the book to resurrect Rudy, Hans and Rosa, but still, I will, along with the narrator of this book (Death) be forever "Haunted by humans." That is just the reader in me.
The writer in me smiles through the tears. I nod in agreement with Markus Zusak, and while this story breaks my heart into hundreds of pieces, I get it. I understand. I would have done the same thing.
Now, please don't throw orange peels at me through your screens. You are, as always, free to disagree, but I must return to a quote by James Scott Bell, mystery/thriller writer, who said this: "Every story is a resurrection story. Every single one."
The question is, how does this resurrection come about? How is the mystery of great truth revealed and internalized? How is it that our characters who seem, at times, doomed, find salvation? Often, sadly, the answer is through sacrifice.
As I am writing my second novel, I am having to make some hard choices about what to do with some of my beloved, messy, beautifully flawed characters. What makes sense? What rings true? What needs to happen so that my reader can find that golden message that we must face the logical consequences of our choices and behaviors? These logical consequences are tough. They are cruel. They are hard. But through the tears and punctured hearts, (and often ONLY through them) we can discover that there is ALWAYS (I repeat, ALWAYS) the hope and promise of restoration...of truth, of honor, of love, and of wisdom.
With the death of one, comes the renewed understanding and strengthening of another.
It is the angst that is writing.
It is the raw beauty and brutality of life.
It is what will continue to keep us...
haunted by humans.
Enjoy this article that explains the reasoning behind "killing the good characters." Please read it with an open mind and understanding that it is relating to fiction writing. Please comment and give me your thoughts. What points did you find most true for YOU?