War, Violence, and Killing Characters

Catch up with the latest great blog from Christian Cameron

With Pen and Sword


Lodovico di Medici, known as Giovanni delle Bande Nere

Everyone knows the trite, oft-repeated slogan.  ‘War is Hell.’  And some know Lincoln’s comment, ‘Military glory–that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood–that serpent’s eye, that charms to destroy… ‘ and we’ve all heard ‘Live by the sword, die by the sword.’  The human race and it’s penchant for violence has coined several thousand worthy slogans about war, death, destruction, and the pointlessness and folly of military adventure.  There’s a host of good quotes here if you want to read for several hours.  I particularly enjoyed Benjamin Franklin’s quotes, but then, I always do.

But… I write in not one but two genres where violence tends to define story arc and serve as the anvil of character building.  There are many reasons for this.  I still find war fascinating, although it is the fascination of the serpent.  I admire good…

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