The Written Compass

Hosted ByDr. Shana Hartman

A podcast for inspiration, education, and activation of powerful new narratives in the world of business and life from heart-centered folks just like you.

Episode 75: “Kill your [writing] darlings”

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”

― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

In today’s episode, I will break down why and when it is best to heed this famous advice from Stephen King as well as how to actually do it… without too many tears!

Here is an overview:

  • “Darlings” are those favorite parts, stories, pieces, ideas, lines, etc. in your writing that you just love
  • Listen to your readers and what resonates with them
  • Use the “cutting room floor” file technique
  • Know that your “darlings” are still useful and can be used for other writing needs

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