wyattonline
There's a lot of stuff online about this. My question is, should their death be fast or slow?
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Cheryl Koniuszy
I am rather new to this but am an avid reader so I will give my opinion as a reader.  It depends on the story. If a person is dying from a disease and is a main character it may be a slow, lingering death.  Especially if the death plays a part in the remainder of the story.  However, if that character plays a bit part or is shot in a fight, it could be a tragic or sudden death and have no real bearing on the remainder of the story. Hope that helps. 

Cher
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thenovelfactory
I agree - this is far too broad a question! My question back atcha would be - what do you want to achieve?
If you want to achieve a shock factor, then fast seems the way.
But if you want to slowly tear out the heart of the reader, then slow would be the way forward 😉 
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wyattonline
Thanks to you both. I am seeking ideas, and appreciate your time.
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wyattonline
What about this: beloved character (BC) turns the table on the killer by pulling both of them off the top of a building. BC laughs at the killer all the way down. Killer screams in anger, and fear, back at BC. Their eyes lock for a moment. BC maneuvers her position, during the fall, and lands on top of the killer. She is seriously injured, but survives a 50 foot fall. Killer doesn't.

She relives that fall, in her memory, for the rest of her life. Several times a week, she wakes up just as she falls from her bed to the floor in her bedroom. She is becoming increasingly distraught from this memory haunting her. The killer has killed BC after all, in her dreams.
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Cheryl Koniuszy
Sorry, this reply is so late. I think that the fifty-foot fall is extreme to survive at all. Not in favor of the feer looks and there is not a lot of time to "maneuver" in such a short distance. I would suggest that BC falls with the killer but snags a pole, phone line or something to break his/her fall but he/she sees the killer plunge to death. BC recovers but the memory continues to haunt every time an outdoor height situation arises.  Just my opinion but hope this helps. 
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wyattonline
Maybe a 20 foot fall is better (though it's just a very few seconds). It is irritating that fiction needs to make sense. Discussing ideas is helpful for me. Appreciate your suggestions, Cheryl.

Wyatt
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Cheryl Koniuszy
I am happy to help. I am working out my own issues so I know how you feel. I am writing fantasy with a world creation of my own so today's issue is mapping out my land mass so my characters are not traveling in circles. Makes me feel like I am going in circles. LOL  However, I am an avid reader of fiction so I can be a stickler for little issues like you are working on. It has to be believable or the reader loses interest.  I am here for you. [smile]
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wyattonline
Same here, if I can be of help. [thumb]
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thenovelfactory
wyattonline wrote:
What about this: beloved character (BC) turns the table on the killer by pulling both of them off the top of a building. BC laughs at the killer all the way down. Killer screams in anger, and fear, back at BC. Their eyes lock for a moment. BC maneuvers her position, during the fall, and lands on top of the killer. She is seriously injured, but survives a 50 foot fall. Killer doesn't.

She relives that fall, in her memory, for the rest of her life. Several times a week, she wakes up just as she falls from her bed to the floor in her bedroom. She is becoming increasingly distraught from this memory haunting her. The killer has killed BC after all, in her dreams.


I love the idea of the victory not being quite as clean cut as it seems.
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thenovelfactory
Cheryl Koniuszy wrote:
I am happy to help. I am working out my own issues so I know how you feel. I am writing fantasy with a world creation of my own so today's issue is mapping out my land mass so my characters are not traveling in circles. Makes me feel like I am going in circles. LOL  However, I am an avid reader of fiction so I can be a stickler for little issues like you are working on. It has to be believable or the reader loses interest.  I am here for you. [smile]


Do you have any map resources? I've spent quite a lot of time searching for good maps in the past, would be happy to try and dig out my research if that helps, and would love to hear about your ideas. If so, perhaps we should start a new thread though...
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wyattonline
I have a part time job delivering groceries. I can't live without the driving directions/map application called Waze. I have used this app, in my writing, to 'walk' me through driving from Point A to B. Helps with timing, scenery, etc.

Google maps has a similar function.

Nothing unique beyond those two apps.
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