“Sorry Shannon. It’s not you. You’re great! Unfortunately, I have to let you go. There’s just so many others and while you’re doing a great job, they’re bringing what the book needs right now. Don’t worry. I’ll keep you in mind for the future and maybe we can bring you back. Thank you for sticking with us all this time and I’m sorry it has to end.”
There’s one character in my book who isn’t very important to the story. She has a few nice scenes and fits in nicely with the rest of the cast. The only problem is there is only one scene where she is key and it’s not like that’s impossible to rewrite. In fact, rewrites would probably be minimal if it was eliminated. There is more of her in the rest of the book but nothing about it as a whole would suffer.
It’s unfortunate. She’s been a character ever since the inception of this novel. And I like her. She’s shy, naïve, low on confidence. And reading that, I can see why she has to go. She lacks the energy to bring her to life, the “it” factor I’ve found in all the other characters.
Maybe someday I’ll find a place for her in another book (a sequel? Perhaps!). What do you guys do when you chose to cut out a character? Do you hate to see them go as much as I do?