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As authors, we all have an obligation to do what is required to advance both the story and the development of our primary characters. That being the case, I believe wholeheartedly that authors should kill their mentors when the time is right.
Wait. Let me rephrase that… authors should kill their ‘mentor’ characters. There we go. While the underlying concept behind this idea does, in fact, apply to our personal mentors, the title of this post is referring to the mentors of our main characters.