Posted on 11/05/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Cutting your own work, like proofreading it, can be extremely difficult because of your close connection to and investment in the work.

And the popular exhortation “Kill your darlings,” while inspirational when you sit down to trim, isn’t exactly specific.

So Nathan Bransford has identified common weaknesses that you should look for in your own novel, to help guide your proverbial knife.

Head to his blog to see which scenes, descriptions, types of dialogue, and, yes, darlings (that is, characters) are best cut from a manuscript.

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Categories: Behind the scenes

Tagged As: Editing, Writing advice

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