Writers, if you axe a character from a story, can you “save” him for another story? Can you see your characters as interchangable in some fashion?
I really struggle with this myself. So much of a character is tied to the story I’m trying to tell. If I use a character to prove theme A and then cut him and want to use him in a different story, I have to totally rethink the theme and what I’m trying to say. The characters get so strongly lodged in my mind–tied to their story–that to make significant changes to the character, I basically have to kill him. I did this with Shannari between drafts 2 and 3 of Rose. I murdered her and started over again, and ooooh, boy, was it hard to wrap my head around.
How about you?