Monday, November 3, 2014
"In writing, you must kill all your darlings."
Faulkner said that, and he knew a thing or two.
My book is taking so long to write because I kill everything except my darlings. When I unearth a darling in a chapter -- something that seems quite lovely but unattached, apart from the topic or subject matter at hand -- I train my rifle on all the words that have come before.
When I finish this book, I figure what we'll have are eight darlings and 30,000 corpses.