One “rule” you hear thrown around a lot in writing circles is “Murder your darlings.” Traditionally, this means those pet phrases and over-used words, the scenes you spent hours crafting but that don’t really add to the story. It’s a way of culling your fluff to tighten your story so it continues to move and not drag.
Sometimes, though, it’s used in reference to characters.
Because few things are more heart-wrenching than agonizing over the death of a beloved character…
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