What do your characters mean to you? Do you hold them close to your heart? Does that make them unbreakable? The viewpoint of the reader may differ from your own. If you strive to make a character mean something, don’t be afraid to off them gangster style.
You read that right. Put a bullet in their perfectly designed features, roll them up in plastic, throw them into a lake. Sometimes you have to be ruthless, an angry god, to make the reader gasp or weep for what you have created. When it comes to writing, push the boundaries. Write what you are afraid to write, do what you feel you shouldn’t do sometimes. In the end, your readers will hate and love you for it.
Keep the reader guessing helplessly, and don’t be afraid to break a few hearts in the process.