Here’s a spoiler about me; I have a habit of killing off my characters. For some reason, I like to write really sad moments that make the reader cry. Sometimes the death is necessary in order to move the story forward, but then my readers hate me for it. So I’m asking the writer’s of the world:
What do you think? Are character deaths necessary all the time, or is there some way you can shift the story around in order to make it work with that character still alive?
For some reason, I always find myself killing off the supporting character, which leaves the main character in a really awful situation. But it always makes sense in my mind, because in order for the main character to achieve what he/she needs to, they need a little shove. And to me, a death is the perfect shove. But maybe some people would disagree. I often find myself fighting this battle with myself; do I kill them or not? Do I let them live happily ever after? Or do I give them a tragic ending? What makes the most sense for this story? Is the death necessary?
Thoughts on this subject?