When a Character doesn’t add Character

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How Do You Know a Character isn’t Working Out?
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Tonight, we are wrapping up Character Relationship month by talking about signs our characters are not working in the roles we have given them. 
 
Maybe they need to be recast in a different role. Maybe they don’t need to be in the book at all. Much to Stephen King’s disappointment, his editor for the first edition of The Stand, left a character, ‘the kid’ on the cutting room floor. 
 
I own both versions and the absence of ‘the kid’ did not change my enjoyment of the book. Of course, in a first edition, I didn’t miss anything at all. It was just that good.
 
After reading the uncut version of The Stand, well, ‘the kid’ added a creep factor and I never really bonded with him. In my readerly opinion, ‘the kid’ should have been cut from the first round. 
 

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