How to Write Grieving Characters

Reblogging this piece. It’s excellent, from Ryan Lanz’s blog. I know in my novel, my character grieves at one point & this can be difficult to ‘show’ vs. just ‘telling’ the reader. So, I thought the article would be extremely helpful to you other novel/short story writers out there too, especially with NaNoWriMo coming up. Cheers #amwritingfiction #NaNoWriMo #

A Writer's Path

by Whitney Carter

Putting grief into words is futile. And trying to do so would bankrupt the vocabulary of all languages. -Mark Twain

Grief is a heavy and relatively ever-present part of life. Just as surely as we are born, we have to die too. While it’s true you and I, by virtue of sitting here, are still alive, we’ve all had to say goodbye to someone, and regardless of how deeply felt that loss might have been, grief changes who we are on a fundamental level. It makes us question our existence, how we function on a daily basis and what we really want for the short time left to us.

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10 thoughts on “How to Write Grieving Characters

      • Miriam Hurdle October 15, 2018 / 7:54 pm

        It’s a nice post. I could relate a lot of it. My husband and I are still grieving for his best friend’s deadly accident and lament on the loss of a great person. It’s been almost 3 years.

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      • mandibelle16 October 15, 2018 / 8:03 pm

        I’m sorry. I understand how that can hurt still. It’s not easy or sometimes possible to fill that space. You always think of them, how they aren’t there. I love how Ryan Lanz writes and has these guests who are able to help writers translate this into words. It’s not always so easy to do. Cheers,

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      • Miriam Hurdle October 15, 2018 / 9:27 pm

        Yes, my husband cried and he mentioned so many times that he wishes Randy is still here to share things and do things with.

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      • mandibelle16 October 15, 2018 / 9:35 pm

        Aw, I hope he will see Randy again. That’s the wonderful thing about God isn’t it?

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      • Miriam Hurdle October 15, 2018 / 9:40 pm

        Yes, that’s the greatest hope we have in life, knowing that we’ll see our loved ones again!

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  1. world of happiness_x October 17, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Thanks for this i will have to read it. Grief certainly changes you as a person!

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