kill (one's) darlings(redirected from they have to kill their darlings)
kill (one's) darlings
To remove or refrain from using something in spite of one's affection for it, especially in a creative pursuit. The phrase is usually attributed to American author William Faulkner. Many a writer faces the uncomfortable need to kill their darlings in the editing process. If something in your art is no longer working, then you'll have to be ruthless and kill your darlings. How else will you grow as an artist?
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