Put away your daggers and blades. Put away your guns and poisons. Put away your nooses and grenades. Or at least hide them the best you can, we are here to tell you how to get away with (literary) murder.
- Murder is not always fitting. If you are writing a story where murder does not fit at all, consider leaving the detestable Henry within the story, otherwise it will be jarring for readers.
- Have the murder fit the setting. If your story takes place in present day Chicago with absolutely no mythical, magical or futuristic elements whatsoever, it is better not to kill Natasha with a laser rifle.
- The murder success is in the details. If your murder is a large portion of the story, add in the details. Don’t say, “He stabbed him.” Say, “He slowly eased the blade’s length into the man’s stomach, allowing the flesh to sigh as the blood spilled from the wound.” Now that is a picturesque death.
- …Or perhaps the murder is better silent. Maybe the death should remain a mystery to the characters and the reader. Or perhaps the story does not require that much detail, as that is not the overall point for the story.
- Murder should be selective. Don’t go around killing everyone, choose your (literary) murders strategically as to supply the best bang for your buck. Pun intended.
At the end of the day writing a murder scene can be–do we dare say it–fun. In order to write one well there is one thing that must happen, and that is planning. Know what you want the murder to accomplish and how it should go. Do this and you’ll certainly get away with (literary) murder.