100 Words - Failure?

allegory of failure

I made the mistake of trying to give one of my minor characters a backstory. Ten thousand words later my short story is now a novel focusing on this asshole that nobody likes. I tried to go back to the beginning, but it’s hopeless. The character isn’t good enough to route for, or bad enough to hate.

I have a pile of these pieces. I call them learning exercises, which is better than calling them failures. Failure is a difficult word. To me though, it implies a public rejection, and this story will never make it to the public’s eye.