It’s an old saying, but it’s good advice.
Kill your darlings.
I’d heard it said many times but I never really thought about it pertaining to me. *insert smiley face*
Well, guess what? It pertains to all writers.
You love your words. You do. It may be a sentence, a paragraph, a scene or a whole chapter that just doesn’t fit.
And you have to let it go.
So how do you know what to kill and what to show mercy?
I think the answer is easy. I think most of us know when we’re writing things that will need to be slayed, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still suck on epic levels when we finally come to terms that we have to do it.
This is the thing: I can read my manuscript with an objective eye. Really. Sometimes everything gets a bit muddled because I’ve read it so many times, but I know the rules.
And I can spot a broken one a mile away. As can many of you.
Seeing the flaws or unnecessary words isn’t always the hard part. It’s hitting that wretched delete button that makes us want to find a tub of chocolate and drown in it.
The issue I have is that I KNOW WHEN I’M WRITING SOMETHING IF IT BELONGS OR NOT.
And, as yesterday proved, that still doesn’t stop me.
Now, I sit here today knowing I have to go back in and cut all that crap (it was all telling), and find a way to show those details which WILL NOT BE EASY. But off I go, to kill my darlings.