Or, more accurately, "making it so that they never existed in the first place". I shall elaborate:
In my current WIP, I have a minor character that serves little to no purpose other than comic relief, and a kitten that is designed to help show my MC's softer side.
As I was preparing to write another short scene involving both the kitten and the minor character, I thought "why?". Why bother with the "comic relief", and "why bother showing Strand's softer side"?
The more I add to this novella, the more I think that the MC should be darker. He had a traumatic childhood, followed by years of hell in the military (shan't spoil it for ya), and current events are drawing him back to place he'd rather not be.
Now for the question!
Should I continue on WITH the characters, and see how it turns out, or should I slash 'em out now and follow the new, darker path?
I'm sure the answer will make itself known soon enough, but any opinions/suggestions are welcome.
Ta ta for now,
ETA - Decided to keep the characters for now and see how it goes, as I'm loathed to edit so early on.