Journey of 1000 Miles

Murder in the 1st or 3rd Person

As readers and writers, we will inevitably witness death. In some genres, it lurks behind any if not every corner. When done correctly, it grips the story and gives it a push in a certain direction. Death creates emotion and because of that, I want to know what sparked the most memorable.

Tell me what death scene you’ve read or written that made you step back and go, “Holy bear balls, that was f***ed up.”

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4 thoughts on “Murder in the 1st or 3rd Person”

  1. Protracted, gory, seemingly unending death sequences are never as chillingly effective as the sudden, unexpected and shocking death of a character which intrudes on a mood, sequence or serenity thoughtfully constructed to lure the reader down a diverse path. I am often caught by John Sanford with my proverbial minds eye leaning one direction while my emotions run screaming down another.

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    1. Very good input, Larry. Anytime you can be split between shock and emotional terror, emotions win. I am learning to give little detail and let the reader’s mind finish filling in any of those details.

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  2. The execution of Mariam in A Thousand Splendid Suns was one of the most heartwrenching, memorable scenes and difficult because things like that happen every single day in the real world. However, so many of the classics have such beautiful, sorrowful, touching deaths that it really is hard to decide on merely one.

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