Writing the death of a much-loved character can be demanding and can leave you inconsolable.
There is, however, another literary situation which can be just as challenging and it can cast a nasty gloom over your writing day – deleting a character from your story.
I am not talking about deleting a random minor character; someone who you created one day after too much coffee, inserted into the middle of your novel, just to beef it out (technical literary term) and then deleted them the following day after realising your stupidity. Sigh!
No – I am talking about when you make major changes to your draft and you decide to get rid of a key character. They will be a fictional person who has been with you since the start of your story and someone who you have history with. The awful thing is that you know a change like this needs to happen and..dare you say it..your story will be better without them.
This situation can play havoc with your emotions as you have to ERASE this fictional character from your story and then act like they NEVER existed!
You don’t know about literary heart-break until you have experienced severing all ties with a fictional character.
So, if you are an emotional writer like me, you will find deleting an existing character tough going.
Here are some useful tips on how to survive this dark literary time: