The end of a character

Last time I blogged about character development. I wondered how the children I know now would grow as they become adults. When you’re young you have so many choices before you. You can be anything you want to be and nothing can stop you but your own mind.

As a writer we dream a past and future for our characters. We grow to love them, even the evil ones, and plot out their lives. We hold the power to make their lives wonderful or miserable. Long or short.

I joked this morning to a critique partner who was after feedback that when in doubt she could consider killing  a character. That death could have caused huge conflicts between the hero and heroine, guilt and relief. It might make the story better and the happily ever after sweeter. It is not a joke I will ever make again.

There is no happily ever after today. Not when a boy was sixteen, had his whole life ahead of him but by a foolish choice deprived himself of a happily ever after. Youth, speed and trees end a life.

RIP Ryan.



7 Responses to The end of a character

  1. Jolie Brandt September 6, 2009 at 10:38 am #

    Oh, Heather, that is so sad. His poor family.

  2. Phyllis Campbell September 6, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    This is very sad, Heather. Kids that age don’t realize speeding is dangerous. My thoughts are with is poor family.


  3. Jerrica Knight-Catania September 6, 2009 at 8:34 am #

    Heather, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Certainly a young life cut way too short.

  4. amydetrempe September 6, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    Heather, I am so sorry.

  5. Michelle Rooney September 6, 2009 at 2:06 pm #


    I’m very sorry for the loss of a promising future and how Ryan’s death impacts not only his family but yours and his community. May you all find peace in the days to come.

  6. Heather Boyd September 7, 2009 at 1:03 am #

    Thank you for your kind thoughts. Its been a horrible shock.

  7. Julie September 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm #


    I’m so sorry to hear about this young boys loss. It makes me think of the years ahead with my own children. My prayers are with you.


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