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Writing is Murder

from Katherine Hauswirth, ASJA

According to Forrest Wickman at Slate, the term “murder your darlings” or “kill your darlings,” an oft-quoted, time-honored chestnut for writers, is often attributed to William Faulkner or Allen Ginsberg. More likely the lesser-known Arthur Quiller-Couch, whose lectures on the art of writing had a wide readership, got the expression going, and many more famous voices have reiterated it since then.

Personally, I like Stephen King’s variation. It doesn’t seem it could be more emphatic, unless perhaps you add profanity to really drive the point home: more


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