Whether it’s a family member, a relative, a friend or even an enemy that your character lost, that certain person is still important in your character’s life, and losing that person probably has quite an impact on your character. Below are a few pointers to keep in mind if you are writing about a character who lost someone important in their life.
- Know your character’s relationship with that said person that he/she had lost. Consider about what your character thought of that person when he/she was still alive, and what part did the person played in your character’s life. For example, if it is a sibling that your character lost, understand how your character saw that sibling when he/she was still alive. Were they close? Or did they fight all the time? Did your character look up to his/her sibling, or did he/she get irritated at the sibling easily?
- Understand how the death of the person that they lost happened. Was it an accident? Did he/she commit suicide? Or was he/she murdered? How it happened might affect how your character thinks now, and it might also affect your character’s views on the person they lost.
- Think about your character’s personality. It may sound weird, but your character’s personality plays a big part on this. If your character is a quiet and reserved person, then he/she would obviously hate talking about the person’s death. And if he/she is this loud and confident person, then he/she would probably hide the fact that the person that died’s death had affected them. They’d probably try to get on with their lives and pretend that they’re 100% okay.
- And lastly, did your character’s views on the important person change after their death? If it was an enemy of them that died, did it make your character feel sorry for that said enemy? Or did it make your character feel victorious? If it was a sibling or parent, did it make your character feel resentful that his/her loved one had left them behind?