Reality TV Spoiler Alert

Posted on January 22, 2014. Filed under: writing | Tags: , , , , , |

I am writing what I like to think of as an action/thriller and what people who have read my pages thus far like to refer to as a horror novel. I think it comes off as horror since I keep gruesomely killing off characters, wherein lies the problem.

Killing off a character reads a lot better if the reader cares when a character dies.  Since I want this book to be exciting, with thrills in each chapter, I have had to kill off some characters fairly early on.  What to do to make it so those characters did not die in vain? This is where reality TV comes in.

I enjoy competition shows like Top Chef and Project Runway. Unfortunately for me, I am rarely ever surprised at the end of the show when one chef or designer gets sent home. That’s because there is a formula, at least for the first 8 – 12 episodes of a season.

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not figured out the formula, do not read on. Seriously, this will ruin competition reality TV for you.

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