Do kill your darlings, but get to know them first!

One of the most popular teaching among creators, is the advise to kill one’s darlings. This is often helpful, I agree, but I would like to expand on that a bit…

I say, you should first try to spend as much quality time with your darlings as you can, and then kill them. As these darlings often work as our muses, we should first try to listen to them, take some notes, before we do them off. To work in a controlled, professional manner, you not only have to know, why you are deleting, but what you are deleting.

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