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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
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