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Killing Your Darlings
February 17, 2018
It's been debated who first coined the phrase, but since at least the early part of the twentieth century, 'Kill your darlings' has been considered good writing advice. The idea is that you should delete those bits of prose you are most particularly fond or proud of, based on the assumption that the passage is most likely artwork of the self-indulgent variety OR simply extraneous ornamentation.
But what if you're generally fond of all your writing?? What then? For me, the advice works if I take it to mean I should always BE WILLING to delete anything I've written if it benefits the story. I've followed this advice quite a lot recently. Last week I, for the second time, made the painful decision to delete an entire chapter of backstory. You would think, after the first occurrence, I'd have learned to NOT WRITE ENTIRE CHAPTERS OF BACKSTORY. Alas... now I know.
I'm still hopeful that if I ever manage to get published and find an audience... and that audience develops into a 'fan base', I might be able to actually still publish these chapters in some form or other. Both serve to illustrate the childhood years of my two main protagonists. One of them might even work as a sort of prologue to book 2 if I ever make it that far. The other one... I'm not sure. Maybe I can just release it for free as a short story on my website as a 'special treat' for fans. Sheesh that just sounds so egotistical. Ah well.
In two more months I'll be flying out to Vegas for the 2018 writer's conference. I'm very much looking forward to pitching the book to some literary agents. There are also lots of writing workshops and classes that will no doubt be of great value in my continuing education.
Signing off. I'll try to come up with a better sign off.