Kill Your Darlings (maybe I misunderstood)

If Tim Baker is going to start killing off some of his darlings in the Ike/Flagler Beach series of suspense/thriller novels he writes then I hope he is at least going to write a few prequels so we get to visit with those much-loved characters again – whoever they may be!! Harumpf!


“Kill your darlings.”

If you’ve been in the writing game for any length of time you’ve heard this quote. Some people attribute it to Allen Ginsberg, others to William Faulkner, some believe Stephen King said it. The earliest known use of the phrase actually came from Arthur Quiller-Couch, who used it in his 1913-1914 Cambridge lectures “On the Art of Writing.”

darlingsRegardless of who said it when…the context of the quote is the need for writers to be relentless in the editing of their work…to eliminate unnecessary fluff…to get rid of every paragraph, sentence and word that doesn’t contribute something essential to the story.

Given the work of King, Faulkner and the others, I’d say it’s advice worth following.

I think I may have taken it a bit too literally while working on a short story this week. The story will be included in my upcoming anthology tentatively…

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2 responses

  1. Have faith…this could lead to something bigger and better!!

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