If so, I’m glad our paths have crossed.
It’s difficult to kill our darlings. We’re emotionally attached to them. Our characters are so charming, difficult, snarky, troubled, spunky, nerdy or needy that we can’t bear the thought of deleting something they experience or say. The same applies to our setting, dialogue, and plot.
Another reason it’s difficult to kill darlings is because we’re wired to write, not delete. We type legions of words to advance the story. Which is ironic, because darlings don’t propel, they hinder.
Now picture a garden that’s consumed in the underbrush.
That’s the image to recall when you’re tempted to let your darlings live. You can’t find the vegetables if you’re wading through weeds.
How to kill your darlings:
Pretend they never existed. Once they’re gone, write something better.
Save them in a file. If you miss them, you can go back and visit.
Honor the dead. Thank your darlings for teaching you how not to write.
Trust the wisdom of critique partners. If multiple editors advise it, perform the execution.
Jericha creates fresh, relatable characters who struggle against impervious odds. She’s the winner of the 2015 Prompt Response contest, the 2013 Touched by Love Award contest (Short Contemporary), the 2nd place winner in the 2013 Laurie contest (Inspirational), and a Finalist in the 2012 and 2013 ACFW First Impressions contest (Historical and Romance). Jericha’s book, Waiting for Lily Bloom, released in 2014 from Pelican Book Group.