Just for the record, I quote: “Murder your darlings, is a popular piece of writing advice that is often attributed to William Faulkner, but which can actually be traced back to the English writer and surname collector Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. … Rather, it is a metaphor for how you should behave toward your writing while you are revising it.” — Source is Tin House, a most highly respected publisher of “brilliant weirdos.” Kate, your advice is spot-on for “plot-driven” fiction, fantasy, crime, bodice rippers, Potter works. I may be caught reading those genres. However, I mostly read literary works, character-driven, structurally innovative, and sometimes brilliantly weird. So those rules may not apply. For example, I love to read so I don’t mind being reminded I am reading and I often love to read a sentence or paragraph twice or thrice for the sheer excitement to my nervous system. I must confess to being a bit obtuse regarding your first-listed rule (5?) I went back and read it 3 to 4 times before giving up. Sorry, I don’t get it. Thanks for your post.

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