Skip the Beginning

Skip the Beginning

Beginnings are so hard–almost as hard as goodbyes. So here’s a tip: skip them altogether. Start somewhere else. There are so many ways to do that–writing the ending first, write a scene or sentence from the middle–but I’m going to tell you about an...
What “Kill Your Darlings” Really Means

What “Kill Your Darlings” Really Means

… And What to Do Instead Kill your darlings.   William Faulkner (or Ernest Hemingway, or George Orwell, or Oscar Wilde) Kill your darling, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.  Stephen King...