- Their role is being cut out altogether. If the character is not moving the story on or contributing in some way, then they should be cut out. What this means is the character as you have written them is not important enough to the overall story to stay. I can't think of any character who'd welcome that!
- That you, the writer, aren't going to develop them further. The more developed the character, the more rounded they are likely to be and the more they'll contribute to the plot. The less developed, the more risk of being cut!
- That you are going to use shorthand techniques to describe them. This generally means you are going to "lego" build the characters and cliches are going to be involved. Each character in a story needs to have a unique contribution to it (even if it is a minor part. It still has to be a part that the story can't do without).
Amongst the things your characters would not want to hear are the following:-
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.