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Can You Murder Your Darlings?

Any serious writer needs to do this!

Can You Murder Your Darlings? Any serious writer needs to do this!
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I like to browse the latest advice for writers, and there’s plenty of it. When I read this gem, I realized although the words were different, this sentiment has come my way before. And it wasn’t pleasant.

“You need to murder your darlings.”

I felt indignant, upset, and in denial. How could a reviewer suggest there were…

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