I’m going to have to get rid of a point of view character. I am not looking forward to it.
This character has a wonderful story of his own to tell, an interesting background, a fascinating life. But as much as I enjoy writing from his perspective, I don’t think his POV chapters add anything to the work. In fact, I have the terrible suspicion that his sections make the manuscript less focused. I already have a core set of POV characters, and their narrative arcs make sense when read together. His POV just doesn’t belong.
Though I am a little heartbroken about having to remove his POV, it is probably the right choice. Besides, he won’t disappear from the story entirely, and just because I’m taking him out of this draft doesn’t mean that I have delete everything I have ever written about him. I’ll just slide those paragraphs and pages into a separate file. Maybe I’ll be able to use them someday. Maybe I won’t.
Either way I won’t edit the POV out of the manuscript quite yet. I should probably complete the initial draft before performing a major culling like this after all.
If you have a POV character that you’ve loved, lost, and had to remove from any of your works, please share! I’m resigned to this, but I’m still in a bit of mourning. Some commiseration could be good for me.
*Image Attribution: Giaele e Sisara, ca. 1620, Artemisia Gentileschi