The secondary characters are threatening to take over my short contemporary and after two days of trying to save a fabulous shopping and drinking scene with her sister, I've finally deleted it. Ouch. My heroine is now shopping and drinking by herself. She has no friends - because that would mean bringing in other secondary characters. She should be thankful I let her keep a sister.
I've also sent her father and stepmother to a retirement community in Boca Raton so the reconciliation scene where her ugly childhood is revealed also bit the dust. Along with her sister's fabulous wedding at the yacht club. I'd already painstakingly chosen the bridal colours and theme and chosen the table decorations for the rehearsal dinner. Gone. Along with all the lovely word count that made up all those scenes.
Now, my characters have to talk to each other because they have no one left.