Theme: Quotes from Authors and Bookish People about Writing
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On Amlokiblogs today, we’re talking about a painful topic for most writers: “Kill your darlings.”
This literary advice refers to the dangers of an author using personal
favorite elements. While these may hold special meaning for the author,
they can cause readers to roll their eyes. — Urban dictionary
“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”— William Faulkner
“Lie naked on the table, and let them cut. Criticism is surgery, and
humility is the anesthetic that allows you to tolerate it. In the end,
the process will make you a stronger, more flexible, and truly creative
writer. It will replace attitude with genuine confidence, and empty
arrogance with artistry.”— Molly Cochran
“Beware of a scene that becomes too dear to you, dearer than the rest. It will usually be found that it is out of drawing.”— John Steinbeck
“When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.” — Zadie Smith
When writing, have you ever killed your darlings? Was your work the better for it? While reading, have you found passages in a novel better left on the editing floor?