Using Immortality In Your Writing

This week on Hide and Create, Moses Siregar, Joshua Essoe, Diana Rowland, and Jordan Ellinger work on becoming immortal.

Would you take the chance to be immortal if you had the chance? There’s the vampire question for you. Or, back in the realm of reality, would you write an immortal character if you had the chance? How would you do it? How do you make a character like that sympathetic and relatable? What are the stakes?

There are dozens of different examples of immortality in fiction to choose from, and many times that ways to handle it. Listen on for our thoughts on how to handle it.

2 thoughts on “Using Immortality In Your Writing

  1. This episode inspired me to write a short about an immortal civilization. There has always been a war (at least that the protagonist knows), and the Kratha have always been immortal (also, that the character knows). To make the war possible, I say it is because the village grew because of the war, and the only “good” jobs is a soldier or an assistant for the war.

    To make a conflict, the question “How can you kill someone that can never be killed?” is repeated lots of times in some parts. And that is what the ending is all about.

    Turns out, the protagonist (Leviel) learns that the kratha haven’t always been immortals, and that they only continue the war because it will sometime discover “the cure”, since the village have evolved because of the war. The cure, the giant says, is to immortality. They WANT to die, and they do so by confessing, and the god Kimeric allows them to die, at least the ones that have been “born to die”, as one of the kratha says. Their children, already born to live forever, keep alive and end the war.

    That is how I managed immortality in the story I wrote!

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