For the past week or so i fave been posting questions about how I should form the plot of a novel i will soon write. Now i think i'm finally getting down to it. This is the last question I will ask before writing the first draft of my prologue I have been debating in my mind for a long time about this, so this is how it goes. At the beginning of the book I want the main character to be attacked and die. Immediately after he dies he is confronted be the spirit of death. Death tells him (but not in these same words words) that he likes the boy and will let him live but if he agrees, he must never say another word again. The fact that he looses his speech has many ups and downs to it. I can use it to create separation between him and the people around him, and i can use it to stop him from even considering telling someone about the experience. On top of that it will help the character develop in a way that i want him to and lower his ability to work in a group so he will be more inclined to go it alone, but it also hinders that story a lot. There will be times in the book where i want him to become temporary friends with other characters but having a lack of speech will make it difficult t make those friends. I am also not a fan of books that give direct insight into characters minds so it will be difficult to show how he feels when he cant talk and you don't know what he is thinking or why he is doing what he does. So what do you think? should i do it or not? if i don't i can adapt the plot line to allow for him to speak, just not to be a man of many words.