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Self-editing masterclass snapshots: key character disappears, how should I handle it?

Ah, characters that do things that trouble their authors…

Today’s re-blog has Roz Morris revealing a bit of a student session dealing with a tricky character…

Nail Your Novel

guardI’m running a series of the smartest questions from my recent Guardian self-editing masterclass for novelists. Previous posts have discussed how much extra material we might write that never makes the final wordcount, how to flesh out a draft that’s too short and a problem of pacing if much of the plot concerns the fallout from one event. Today I’m looking at another interesting problem:

Important character disappears – how should I handle it?

Character departureOne writer had a key character who vanishes from the narrative. Her novel was based on family history and she had a character who was significant for the early chapters and then drifted away.

The character didn’t die, and didn’t have a formal farewell event to create a definite exit from the story world. There was just a period where they ceased to be involved. The writer was worried that this might look like…

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2 responses to “Self-editing masterclass snapshots: key character disappears, how should I handle it?

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris February 9, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Big smiles from your neighbour at Nail Your Novel. :)


  2. Alexander M Zoltai February 9, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Reciprocal triggering of smile reflex in USA :-)


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