Guest Post: Top 5 Reasons Being a Fiction Writer Beats Being a Real Life Killer, by Ahmad Taylor

Hello, my friends. Here’s another post from the talented Ahmad Taylor. Did I tell you he is a semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012 Contest? He is. And today, he is trying to convince us being a writer has its advantages. Welcome, Ahmad.


While reading what terrifying acts humans being s are capable of committing upon each other in the news, I can share a place with you, where the more violent and terrifying, the better…

Top 5 Reasons Being a Fiction Writer Beats Being a Real Life Killer


5. Creativity

While most real-world murders are crimes of emotion and poorly thought out, and even more poorly executed, fiction writers who utilize death and murder in their stories have all the time in the world to plan out just the right type of slaying. Writers get to be cold and calculating, without becoming slaves to their emotions. This allows for more creativity and thus a way more interesting end story.

Devising a truly crafty fictional death can be terribly delicious and exhilarating all at once. Simply based upon physics, a fiction writer can do things with a pen (laptop really) that just cannot happen in the natural world, and that is really cool.

4. Praise from critics

While the media and the public demonize (as they should) murderers in the real-world, the best murder mystery writers receive the highest praise from their fans and critics.

From classics like: Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allen Poe, to the more contemporary: Thomas Harris, P.D. James, and Anne Rice, not only are these authors praised for their ingenuity in creating just the right murder scene, and for the intricacy of their plots, but their homicidal characters oft times become cult heroes (see Vampire Lestat and Hannibal Lecter).

“A Son of Sam Law is any American law designed to keep criminals from profiting from the publicity of their crimes, often by selling their stories to publishers.”

Legislators have taken efforts to prevent murderers from being able to profit from their illegal and heinous acts and when talking about real-world criminals, this seems morally accurate, in the fictional world writers strive to profit from the terrible acts their characters commit on the written page.

I mean, while every writer swears that they write for the love of expression and for the benefit of the art, I don’t think there is one of us who would prefer abject poverty versus making a healthy living concocting unhealthy scenarios in our works.

2. No prison sentence or worse

Murder is taken pretty seriously by the criminal justice system, and damn straight. In America you can get a prison term of life in prison, which hopefully keeps the perpetrator in jail for the rest of their life (I won’t get into the minutia of the potential parole process), and in some states capital punishment is the punitive repercussion.

In the world of fiction, the only repercussions that will ensue from even the most gruesome and violent of crimes is more book sales and an offer to publish your next work. Sure beats prison food and having to dress like 2,000 other guys every day of the work.

1. Killing is just wrong…

Unless it’s in a “Can’t put this book down for a second” kind of novel. Go check one out this weekend and enjoy the temporary insanity of some of the most clever and devious minds in the world of fiction from the comfort and safety of your home.





7 Replies to “Guest Post: Top 5 Reasons Being a Fiction Writer Beats Being a Real Life Killer, by Ahmad Taylor”

  1. Really enjoyed this article. I know myself, i derive a fiendish pleasure when planning someone’s demise. I love the challenge of making murder interesting, and in some cases informative. I do question if some of my scenarios don’t go too deep in detail to where it could plant a seed.

    That is not my problem, as if someone is going to kill someone else they they will regardless. I just occasionaly provide better alternatives to the act.

    1. I agree Ronald. I don’t think the typical perpetrator is an avid reader of good literature, lest they’d be thinking more rationally.

      I just enjoy the ability to conjure up something ludicrous in my mind, and with careful planning and plot structure, make the impossible, possible.

  2. **”Devising a truly crafty fictional death can be terribly delicious and exhilarating all at once”**

    LOL! Yeah … I may, or may not, have created characters based on people I don’t like, or have pissed me off, solely for the purposes of being able to kill them off! 🙂

    1. *clears throat* – *whispers* Don’t tell anyone, but in my first novel, there’s a teacher who tormented one of my kids. *giggles like a naughty schoolgirl* 😀

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