Blog Name: Murder Your Darlings
Blog Author: Charlotte Jane Ivory
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Since the author was kind enough to send me an e-mail telling me all about her new blog, I’m just gonna quote her below:

Murder Your Darlings is about becoming a better writer.

As writers, we tend to see our creations as our babies. Like good parents, we can be fiercely protective of them, and quite blind to their faults. But without seeing the faults of our own writing, it’s impossible to improve as writers. Hence author Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s advice that writers “murder their darlings”.

I have started this blog as a tool for both advanced and beginner writers. I’m encouraging writers to dig out their first manuscript – you know the one, it’s gathering dust in the closet of the spare room – and to submit a few hundred words from the novel, along with their comments.

For example, the author’s comments might cover any of the following:

~What worked in the piece;

~What didn’t work in the piece;

~Technical errors, such as spelling, punctuation and grammar faults;

~Craft errors, such as too much telling or confusing dialogue; and

~If the author is feeling particularly energetic (!), a rewrite to reflect how the author