Warning the post linked below is a on the sad note… yet important for writers in that the article may help in your character development.
From the countless snippets of stories shared around the net, seems to me way to many authors are lax in how they relate to a death, especially an accidental one. The scene becomes more of a game or movie with the characters being observers and not emotionally charged.
There is nothing on the page but letters formed into words, no emotion, no consequences, no guilt, just strike and kill. The only emotional response most of the time is victory smile. Is that the way an accidental death is viewed in real life?
I truly do not think so… that paper death is a hollow death and makes the story vacant. Every death has a meaning and in doing so that death has consequences that will haunt the perpetrator.
One area I do get pretty intense on revolves around the consequences for actions. In the book series there is a lot of deaths, but each one has a meaning and purpose… and consequences. The death push the story forward, taking the characters onto new paths that were quite different from the old familiar safety pathways.
The deaths also had severe consequences, from the expulsion of one character from immortal existence, to the suicide out of guilt, to the fear another keeps hidden that he will be seen as a monster. All these deaths have a place in the story, and each death affects the characters they are replaced by or the society in which they lived.
So when you are off writing give some thought as to why this death is occurring, does it have any impact, or just another senseless act for gruesome details to garner some views.