Recently, Iain wrote a poignant post about the loss of a feline friend.
And in it, he said:
And on Friday, of course, I found that twist to the story I’ve been working on that gives the potential for a tragic interpretation of events. When the story demands that your characters suffer, and it usually does, you let them suffer, but at the same time you’ve grown close to them, and their pain is upsetting.
I know that’s true for a lot of writers.
It’s not true for me.
I don’t suffer because my characters suffer. In fact, at times, I take diabolical pleasure in it, if I think it’s going to make the reader/audience suffer.
Is that so wrong?
So, what about you?
Do you suffer when you write sad things? Do you ever cry when you make your characters suffer or even if you kill them off?
Do you feel guilty?
Or do you just relish that it’s “working,” that you’re pulling it off?