So, I was cleaning the stove top the other day, and scraped my finger on a sharp edge. I got a two millimeter cut as a result. Barely even bled. No bandaid required.
But it did sting in the shower that night. A tiny, minuscule cut, and it stung like a bugger.
This got me thinking.
I’ve just edited the passage in my WIP where my poor main character gets his leg savaged by a demon cannibal.
He’s properly wounded (lots of screaming and passing out), but after being patched up by a medicine man, he soon carries on, and a week later gets involved in a bloodthirsty battle.
Meanwhile, I’m still lamenting the scratch on my flipping finger!
It got me thinking about the god-awful things we do to our brave, stoic characters. In this WIP alone I put pretty much all my characters through the wringer. And that’s nothing compared to the emotional trauma I put my very favourite character through (in a fanfic piece I wrote a few years ago). The poor guy was totally emotionally destroyed by this bastard overlord God-author, all for the sake of entertainment.
Damn, we writers are cruel beasts.
So what about you? How brutal are you to your characters?