Infographic appearing in Delayed Gratification depicting themes from the 2011 Booker Prize longlist. Click image to go to image site.

Infographic appearing in Delayed Gratification depicting themes from the 2011 Booker Prize longlist. Click image to go to image site.

Death is a part of life. If fiction imitates life, then death is a natural part of storytelling. Not every book must have a death, but many of the most memorable novels of all time feature the death of a character in a compelling way. This week in #litchat WritingWednesday we’re discussing the whys and hows of killing off characters. Listed below are a dozen resources to help you through the whys, hows and what-thens of character death.

Killing Off Good Characters
P. J. Parrish, The Kill Zone

How to Kill a Character—and Avoid Hate Mail
K. M. Weiland, Helping Writers Become Authors

Killing Off Characters—Knowing When to Drop the Guillotine
Codey Amprim, Mythic Scribes

Killing Off A Character
L. J. Sellers, Publitariat

How Not to Kill Your Characters
Renee Miller, On Fiction Writing

Writing Death Scenes
The Writer’s Helpers

Anatomy of a Death Scene
Livia Blackburne, A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing

Writing A Death Scene
Rachel Brooks, Rachel Brooks Writes

Writing About Death and Crime Scenes with Garry Rodgers
J. F. Penn & Garry Rodgers, The Creative Penn

How to Kill Your Imaginary Friends
Dr. Grasshopper

Create A Villain and a Believable Crime
Hallie Ephron, Writer’s Digest

How to Poison Your Fictional Characters
Michelle Acker, FM Writers

How to Get Away With Murder
Nathan DeGraaf, Points in Case