I’m not a big fan of death. Then again, who is? It’s a disturbing subject. But I think a necessary one, especially when it comes to writing. Death scenes, like action scenes or kissing scenes, can be tricky to write. They have to be done the right way. I think there has to be some research involved, no matter the nature of the scene.
I wrote a section of a story where the MC expresses his disgust toward his family and a subsequent death scene where he runs a shard of glass through himself.
I had not written a death scene before, so maybe the interaction between the characters was a little too drawn out, as well as the death scene itself. I should have thought about the mindset of the character as he was wrestling with his thoughts before decided to off himself.
I find death scenes to be a challenge. And I’m sure it won’t be the first time.
What say you? How do you feel about death scenes? Are they easy or difficult to write?