I finally finished another short today, and while it needs work I think it’s looking okay.
While writing though, it occurred to me that I have a tendency to really slow down the speed of writing when it comes to killing someone. I mean, I never shy away from it, I’ve killed lots of characters in novels and short stories alike, but sometimes it just seems to take longer and I then worry that I’m over-thinking the process instead of just diving right in like the characters who are committing the crime are doing.
Does my slowing up slow down the pace of the scene? Does it detract from the moment? I’m not sure yet, though when I get a chance to go back and read through I am sure it will become clear. I might have to take a deeper look and see whether the murders that rolled out smoothly are any better written than the ones that take a little time. It could just be down to different characters having different needs/wants.
What about you? When it comes to killing time (if indeed, you kill off characters) how do you do it? Fast, slow? Do you linger over some of them, wondering whether you’ve got it right? Or line them up and knock them down quick smart?