Kill Your Darlings

This week starts the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year for Online/Distance Learning students at SNHU. For this term, I am taking Intro to Critical Thinking. It’s considered a philosophy course and comes highly recommended for writing students.

Why Critical Thinking? Well the easiest explanation is it helps in editing. It is the essential skill when you edit your first draft that will help you “kill your darlings.” It’s a term that, as writers, we hear over and over and over and over again. It’s beat into us our entire careers. William Faulkner said it first, “In writing, you must kill your darlings.” Stephen King followed in his book On Writing, “kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”