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Kill Your Darlings?

18 Jan

Food for thought. What have you had to chop from your stories?

The Claire Violet Thorpe Express

I’m back with another blog post, one that talks about the dreaded subject: killing your darlings.

You know what the term “kill your darlings” is, so I won’t get into that. But the main question is, though, should you kill your darlings?

Well, I always assumed that a darling is a character that you love so much, you can’t bear to see anything bad happening to them, so you give then a crapload of plot armor and superpowers to keep them alive and give then the happy ending that you think they deserve. the trouble with that is your character becomes too powerful to fail and doesn’t grow up and change. (I’m looking at you, J.K. Rowling!)

And you say you can break all the rules of writing.

But what can you do if you created a character that is too powerful, especially if he’s the main hero?…

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4 Comments

Posted by on January 18, 2017 in writing

 

4 responses to “Kill Your Darlings?

  1. ddmoonsong

    January 18, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Ofc one can! Think George R.R. Martin lol

     
  2. Yvonne Hertzberger

    January 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    With my first book I had to cut out a third. I’m getting better. Now I only have a few smaller habits to break. 🙂

     
    • morgenbailey

      January 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Wow. A third is a LOT. I know when I start waffling. I still type it but score it through so I know to decide whether to keep it or shape it when I return to it during the first edit.

       

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