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I'd also forgotten how painful it is to see your favorite main character get hurt, possibly irreversibly. It reminded me about my own personal struggle with conflict and pain when I'm writing.
Conflict drives story, but it kills me to put my characters in any kind of permanent pain. Killing off characters is almost impossible (unless there's some magical afterlife in the story). The severing of limbs, blinding, or developing terminal illness all make me queasy, and have been the stuff of my childhood nightmares.
My characters live the easy life. It's something I really need to work on.
The meanest thing I've ever done to a character is zap him with artificial lightning, which is pretty mean, I think. I've also shot my characters with bullets, but never in a way to cause permanent damage.
me <--- wuss
How about you? Any reservations about knocking your characters down, cutting off toes, or giving them a terminal disease?
What's the meanest thing you've ever done to a character?
(In case you missed it yesterday, Kell Andrews just revealed her incredibly intriguing book cover for DEADWOOD.)