Last week I excised a favorite supporting character from the novel. For fun (aka procrastination), I took her scenes and dropped them into a separate document: almost 1200 words.
Isolated, she appears to be a shadow of the female protagonist: similar parental abandonment, resistance to leaving home, and attempts to undermine the machinations of adults. It’s as if I subconsciously second-guessed my choices in story elements and character arcs.
In some ways, Miss Superfluous a stronger character than the protagonist she resembles. I thought of melding them, but their different characteristics grew from particular backstories. For now, I’ll preserve her in a file and hope a suitable story environment can be found for her.