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Murder your darlings

Variously attributed to Steven King, William Faulkner, it’s probably Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863–1944) who did the dirty on the darlings. He also suggested –

Style, for example, is not—can never be—extraneous Ornament. 

On the Art of Writing, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
Extraneous Ornament, June 2020
Filed under: Writing

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Sarah-Jane is an educator at Hereford College of Arts and a postgraduate researcher at Birmingham City University. Her poetry can be read in various journals, including the Muddy River Poetry Review, the Wales Haiku Journal, The Inflectionist Review and Black Bough Poetry's Deep Time Two Anthology. She was shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation's Touchstone Award in April 2020.

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