Killing Your Darlings

There’s a phrase used in writing that you have to “kill your darlings”.  I don’t think that means that if you like something, you should automatically cut it.  What I do think it means is that if something isn’t working for the story, even if you love it, you have to cut it. 

While editing my current WIP, I realized that I was letting the main character off the hook in the middle of the story and that the tension died at that point.  The way I let her off the hook had some funny lines that I really liked.  I didn’t want to cut them.  But I did.  And it worked—the tension increased.

Are you willing to kill your darlings?

January Stats

This was a month of editing: totally rewrote one story and started a simpler revision on a second.  Editing drove my words/hours down, but I did achieve the mythical hour a day on average, although I didn’t quite succeed at writing every day.  How was your January?