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Should You Kill the Main Character in Your Novel? Written by a Professional Book Editor in the UK

Professional book editor in the UK discusses whether aspiring authors should consider killing one of the main characters in their novel!

So, you’re considering pulling the trigger on one of your beloved characters.

Your decision could be for a number of reasons: maybe you’ve written yourself into a corner and feel that someone has to die to get your story free of a plot hole. Perhaps the story is starting to drag a bit and so you’re looking for an easy way to spice it up. Or it could be that you don’t really want anyone to die, but all signs within the novel are pointing towards their demise.

Regardless of the reason, you now have to ask: Should I actually kill this character? And how should I go about it?

My answer mig