Justin Ferguson, Guest Contributor “Kill your darlings.” Unless you’re new to the writing life, you’ve probably heard this phrase before. It refers to chopping out those scenes, plot points, and even characters that you just love but, if you’re honest with yourself, don’t serve the story. And that means they’ve got to go. As writers, most of us know to be on guard against this natural weakness, but how do we go about killing our darlings?
Rachel Garner, Staff Writer Writers, when you get a critique document or someone tells you, "Hey, I read your novel—" I can be almost certain of some of your reactions: your heartbeat quickens, your stomach knots, and you think why-oh-why did I ever want to be a writer?