Weilding the Power of Life or Death


It's a heady thing, to weild such power. It's also an awesome responsibility.

When I posted my final chapter for critique, my beta readers told me they didn't like the fact that I'd not told them whether the heroine lives or dies. I admit. I was a chicken. I couldn't make the decision whether to kill her or make her get better. How can you kill the heroine that you've grown to love like a daughter? On the other hand, I couldn't figure a way to have her get better that would serve as an emotional and meaningful ending. Well, now my critique partners have forced me to make the decision. I've written the ending both ways. I found a way to make both emotional and meaningful, and I guess you'll just have to buy the book when it comes out to find out which version I chose, LOL.

I feel like a judge hearing a murder trial. Should the defendant live or die for his crimes, but Genie didn't commit any crime. So, the decision is even more diffiult, and at the same time, whichever way I choose, more poignant.

About Paul West

Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

You can follower him on Twitter: @PaulWWest

Published: Thursday, October 27, 2005

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