The Duke is Dead! #writers #writing #book #progress #characters


A revenge murder on the foggy streets of London… It has been coming for months, and now, finally, the Duke is dead. I have killed him off. It wasn’t always clear how it was going to happen, but now it has. What a relief!

Don’t worry – he was not a nice man. In fact – that is an understatement. But because I have known this was going to happen for so long, now I need to navigate my way past the event. I need to re-position my characters in a world that has changed. It is exciting and scary, but in the end, it was the only thing that could have happened.

So what have I learnt from this virtual slaying?

Firstly – you don’t need to reveal everything about a major event like this. In the case of this book, we don’t need a description of exactly how he was murdered – who did it, what exactly they did. What is important is how that affected the other characters – what impact it had on the story. It is an important event – very important, it has ramifications on so many characters across a number of books in the series.

Secondly – it is rather fun killing off someone you don’t like. But then there is this void and you start to think of other despicable characters. Just can’t help it 🙂 Why do we love having someone to hate?

Thirdly – will the person who did the dastardly deed actually get away with it? After all, the Duke was a nasty man – the murderer did the world a favour. Didn’t they? Can they get away with that? Should they?… Well on that last point we shall have to see. Lots more writing and plotting and balancing the stories running through ‘The French Connection’ series to finish before we resolve all of that. Now that the long-anticipated death is over, I am looking forward to getting on with the rest of the story.


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