Peggy Bechko Wants Us to Kill Our Darlings

by Peggy Bechko

killkillWe’re all writers. Whether of scripts or novels, right? So, how many times have you heard it? Variations of Stephen King’s classic advice: “Kill your darlings.”

Let’s roll that phrase around in our minds again. “Kill your darlings.”

Meaning, rip a scene or scenes from a script or novel that you just loved creating and think reads fantastically, but just doesn’t fit into the book. Doesn’t keep the story in the script moving forward. Doesn’t contribute much except a bit of writer’s dazzle. read article