Murder Your Darlings

Some great advice here from Crystal MM Burton

Crystal MM Burton

It’s one of the most popular and well-known bits of advice for writers.

Kill your darlings.

If you’ve been writing for a while, you’ve heard it. If you’re new to writing, you’re hearing it now and you’ll hear it again. But who said it, what does it mean, and how do you do it?

Who said it first?

Many people credit the phrase to Stephen King, who said:

Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.

It’s great advice, and he’s right; it will break your heart to do it. He really empathizes with his fellow authors, knowing how we are and how much it will hurt. But he didn’t start the phrase. King was actually quoting William Faulkner, who said:

In writing, you must kill all your darlings.

It’s fewer words and more imperative than King’s version. Faulkner says…

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