Every character needs an out. You have to give the character a way out of the story in case the story doesn’t work for the character anymore. You might rely on a single line, stated 300 pages back, and the reader says, Oh yeah, now I understand that line. You can’t just kill them all off.
Tonight I’m watching the Phils on tv. I’m drinking a beer. I have the patio door open, and I am (gasp) smoking a cigarette. Don’t worry, I don’t have any little lungs around, and I’m properly ventilating.
I feel like my ex husband should be sitting in the blue chair. I miss having someone to high five when they completely destroy an inning with three home runs in a row.
I don’t miss my ex husband.
I’m not sad that he’s not here.
I love this life I have crafted for myself, but sometimes I think there should be another voice in this house.