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Be Kind to Your Copy Editor: Kill Your Darlings

William Faulkner once said, "In writing, you must kill your darlings."  Stephen King added to the sentiment by saying, "Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler's heart, kill your darlings."

So what does kill your darlings mean, exactly?  It means that as a writer you should never get too attached, never find your work too precious to change.  It means loving a story line, a paragraph, a sentence and changing it anyway because it's the right thing to do.

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