What way of offing a character did you dream up that turned out to be utterly impossible to execute (pun intended), and possibly more than a little silly?
In an early draft of one novel, I had a killer grab the nearest sharp object: a corkscrew. Now, personally, I would be scared if a mutant rogue supersoldier broke into my kitchen and tried to stab me with a three-inch long stainless steel spike. My editor, however, found the corkscrew to be an effete and wimpy weapon. She thought it conjured images of port and camembert, not of terror. So I revised the scene. I didn’t want my thriller to turn into an episode of Frasier.
And I was once “given” a way of offing a character so bizarre and awful, yet so intrinsically silly, that I have decided I can never use it. That is: to shove the character into a giant vat of the super-absorbent gel beads that go into disposable diapers. This method of killing was suggested by an acquaintance, who insisted she knew somebody who had tripped into such a vat at a diaper factory — and who had almost all the moisture sucked from his body before being rescued.
Pampered to death. That’s where I draw the line.