- You can’t mention your character’s name without breaking down.
- You keep on taking some long solitary walks in the rain.
- You take a day off work to get over your fictional character bereavement, telling your boss someone ‘close’ to you has died.
- You organise a funeral in the back garden and ask uninterested loved ones to attend.
- You create a shrine in the living room for your late fictional character and ask loved ones to write some heartfelt messages and leave small floral tributes.
- You rename your beloved pet after your character and ignore confused animal stares.
- You rewrite your character’s death so they didn’t actually die.
- You submit their obituary to your local newspaper.
- You make several late night calls to an emotional support helpline.
- Your grief is so bad that loved ones start to compare it to your grief over the death of one of your own relatives.
- You change your own name.
- You organise for your character to have a burial at sea. You hire a rowing boat, row a bit, stand up whilst hurling your script into the water whilst shouting you will always love them.
Take it easy writers!
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