...one of your characters.
It isn't a pleasant thing. I don't like doing it. But sometimes it's necessary.
Yesterday, while outlining my WIP, The Patriot Republic (formerly known as Civil War), I made the decision to take out my cute side character, Alyssa Jonson. She's bubbly and sweet and naive... but she doesn't fit into my plot puzzle like I had hoped she would.
So that begs the question, is there a separate, new, character that might be a better fit? Perhaps. I had a new character turn in his application to me yesterday after I had handed out Alyssa's pink slip. His name's Darren, and he just might have a place-- but we'll see.
Though removing Alyssa does take some of my plans with her, it's for the best. There just wasn't a good way to include her without it seeming awkward. She may pop up and find a place in one of my later novels in the series, but for right now I'm saying goodbye.
Well, time to go patch up those holes Alyssa left. Have you ever had to cut a character from your novel? If so, tell me about it in the comments! :-) I'll be checking back later to respond.