Kill all your darlings – or at least whack them upside the head

It’s an oft-quoted piece of advice from novelist William Faulkner:
“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” Translation: get over yourself and ruthlessly edit your prose to make it ultra easy to read and understand.

Easier said than done, Bill. Even under the best of circumstances, writing –let alone editing — is frequently not easy, and sometimes downright hard. As Canadian author Ann-Marie MacDonald says, “Writing is a hellish task, best snuck up on, whacked on the head, robbed, and left for dead.” My kind of writer.

Whether you write professionally or are one of growing legions of those who blog on behalf of an organization or for personal interest, the following tips should make the process a little bit easier….

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