Considering I am writing a novel in the perspective of teenagers, they still live at home with their parents. Initially, my main character’s parents were dead (or rather, missing throughout the novel and thought to be dead). Then I realized, what was the point of that? It didn’t add anything to the plot. Was I doing this just so I didn’t have to write them in and deal with adding another set of characters/relationship for her?
I think sometimes its easy to just kill off the parents. Then the character is free to do whatever they want because there is no parental figure around. Sometimes, I do think it helps shape the character and is necessary to do so.
I just think that this instance opened my eyes to sort of “easy way outs” in writing. Just because it is easy, doesn’t make it the best thing to do!