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How To Murder Your Darlings — And Create Better Content

from The Content Standard by Skyword

I remember the first time my writing mentor told me to “kill my babies.” I didn’t even raise an eyebrow until I realized what he really meant. “You mean you want me to delete all those precious little sentences I’ve been crafting all afternoon?” Every writer has heard some variant of this expression. While often attributed to William Faulkner, who said, “In writing, you must kill all your darlings,” the original phrase is in fact “Murder your darlings” from Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s book "On the Art of Writing." What does it mean? more


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