Digital photography enables people to crop photos using photo editing software. The photographer will look at a photo, decide which part of the photo they’d like to display and cut the rest. Certainly, I do. All the time.
I think cropping can be applied to story telling. Often, writers will have more than one central idea. A combination of story ideas may work well in some novels, but not in others. It may leave readers asking, whose story?
For a long time, my second novel, a psychological thriller, focused on two protagonists, but this led to clutter and confusion in places, and I had to decide to crop the novel and choose only one protagonist, developing the story along a single route. This meant eradicating large section of the former story. Basically, it meant rewriting much of it and using only one plotline. However, cutting most of the material has resulted in many new scenes and opportunities to take the story further.
Early days, but I’m enjoying the process.