Working on an historical and need to know ways people died in 1900? Try the How We Die chart via the Washington Post.
Although it doesn’t say it, I assume the chart is all non-old-age deaths. That or some humans really have found immortality and aren’t sharing.
Flu deaths are down almost 100% – yay. Growing up, I always found it strange that characters in novels were so scared of the flu. Logically, I understood why, but when I came down the flu and all my mom did was make chicken soup, it seemed that people from the 1800s were just being melodramatic.
I have always wondered when characters just wasted away or were mysteriously sick…how many actually had cancer? Or something else we have a name for and diagnosis regularly now?
Anyway…when you kill a character, how do you decide how to do it?
In my early writing, I had a lot of swashbuckling, so death by sword was common. In Julia, her father died via plane crash. In my WIP, there is a serial killer. All those deaths seem, well, normal in context. I’ve never had to search around for a way to kill someone. That seems so much creepier when I type it out…but my question stands. When you kill a character, how do you decide how to do it? Or have you ever gotten rid of a character through non-killing methods? Was that an easier or harder choice?