Killing Darlings

In Stephen King’s On Writing, he talks about needing to be prepared to “kill your darlings” and I had the chance to put that into practice this week.

My process for the 500Words short story project is to, in the fourth week of each round, add words to the chosen story daily for a week. This results in a long-ish short story (around 4000 words) by Friday with final edits being done on Sunday.

The process of writing daily and then, as the wise Mr. King advises, killing the darlings will, by the end of tomorrow, leave me with a finished short story of no more than 2000 words.

Every time I sit down to work on this project – every single time – I learn something new. I can feel my brain growing and stretching. I can see the impact in the stories I create.

I love writing.

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