Not a single story of mine has gone without a single casualty. From my first story all the way to Nothing But Garble, plenty of people have been killed in various and often creative ways.
Of course, the trend continues in The Way Home Remastered. I have recently written the first death in the entire story, and I’ve got to say, it’s probably the best death scene I have ever written.
In previous stories, a character might be torn apart or shot, but in stories such as Second Voyage and The Way Home, there would be a paragraph or two explaining the death, one person shouting “No!” and a brief mention at the end of the chapter. It was pretty lame back then.
I couldn’t necessarily improve it with Nothing But Garble, since most of the characters died in between stories. The few that died during the story, however, still had somewhat lame death scenes, despite them being improved. I actually ended up finding the stories with deaths to be the weakest of the bunch, excluding the final story.
Now, however, is my chance to fix this reoccurring trend. The characters in The Way Home Remastered have been friends their entire lives. It makes little sense for them to shout “Nooo!” and then never mention them again. For the character I did kill off, I made sure that the death itself was descriptive enough that you could picture yourself in the scene. I also made every character who witnessed the death react, and they all would have a glum look on their face for the next few days. They have trouble getting over the loss of one of their closest friends, and have trouble breaking the news to those who had not seen their friend die. It makes the reader actually care about who lives, rather than being like, “Thank God! Damon finally died!” or something like that.
Anyways, you can expect The Way Home Remastered to be out sometime this year if I keep working this hard. That’s a big if. I’ve been trying my hardest to make every scene great, and I think that if I keep doing this well, The Way Home Remastered could become the greatest book I’ve ever written.