My new column is up at Writer Unboxed, and I unpack the classic writing advice, "Kill your darlings." Read your work until you find a spot where your writing really jumps out at you. Does it inspire and spark joy? Welp, that’s a darling, and it's time to murder that sucker.
You may be tempted to say that I’m deliberately misunderstanding the meaning of “Kill your darlings” just to be a contrarian jerk. Buddy, the spirit of the law was the first darling I killed.