How to Avoid the Killing of Darlings

#BlogHer15 Experts Among Us notebook

Christine told me
how to avoid
the axing of assonance,
the slaughter of simile,
the killing of darlings:
Exile instead.

Save snippets like
pulsing hearts,
scraps like
vital bones.

Those darlings
breathe on,
to emerge
in new pieces
with old souls.


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About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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18 Responses to How to Avoid the Killing of Darlings

  1. Kathy says:

    You know, I LOVE this. Brilliant! ♥
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  2. Awesome. You gave such a fresh look to the ingredients of writing
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  3. Christine says:

    I love that a whispered comment during a breakout session stuck with you!! And oh my goodness, how fantastic to have you back again. We missed you!
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  4. Nate says:

    Hooray, Marcy’s back! And kicking down doors with this one. Oh, those pulsing hearts!

  5. Kalpana solsi says:

    And what lovely advice from Christine.

    • Marcy says:

      True! I already had a habit of saving some discarded paragraphs of tangents or ideas that I couldn’t develop into a whole piece, and sometimes I look back at the file where I save them (called “Nuggets”), and they serve as a seed for a new piece. Christine’s comment, though, really struck me as taking the love of words to a whole different level, the poet’s level, where a certain combination of words is saved and valued and sometimes used in a new way.

  6. Michael says:

    Very good advice. 🙂 I save fragments of stories myself, because you never know when those might turn up again.

  7. Yeshasvi says:

    Oh this is beautiful! Taken out of context, I was struggling to connect, but when I read through the comments I realized: what a work of genius this is!

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