I need to kill a character in my novel, but I’m having a hard time with it. The problem is, I think this character is cool. I’ve toyed with the idea of letting ________ survive, but it’s integral to the plot that ________ die a very horrific (yet heroic) death.

If _____ dies, the story connects itself to Rancour in a very personal way. If _____ lives, then I’m giving in to mainstream fairy tale endings and may just throw up. Ugh.

And then there’s Dawn. She’s taken on quite a role in this novel. (Which is good, considering it’s named after her.) The problem is, there was this character Elron who, originally, was supposed to be the star of the book. Him I’d have no trouble offing just to get him out of my pages. He’s a little boring on his own, but with Kane and Dawn as friends he does add some comic relief. Then there’s the too many characters dilemma … and I find myself full circle. Do I meld Elron’s character with Dawn’s? I’ve been going over this in my head, and, to be honest, they fit.

And lastly, does ___________ die in the end?

So many decisions still left to make.

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