“Murder Your Darlings”

"Murder Your Darlings,"(On Style, chapter 12) is a quote from Arthur Quiller-Couch's series of  published lectures (On the Art of Writing, 1916) He encouraged writer's to, "...perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it--wholeheartedly--and delete it before sending your manuscript to press..." He failed to mention, however, that tapping the delete button would require Hershey Kiss therapy for at least a …

Creating a Scene

Creating a scene for a novel is like cooking something from scratch without a recipe. Add the sentence; taste it; add another sentence; roll it around with the others, then tweak the whole thing until everything blends into a savory morsel.