novel advice (my darlings)

Inspired by the phrase ‘There will be time to murder and create’ taken from ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ by T. S. Eliot.

This now comprises a part of The Linkages Project

always kill
your darlings

sage advice
for one and all

you need
to kill your darlings
but . . .

all in time

you can take it
slow

first
build them up
with
all your heart

make them ring clearly
sound
and true

make them
loveable

likeable
and hateful
both

essential

critical

unimaginable

make of them
the pumping heart

that reveals the story
with each beat

take your time
write

what you want
and then . . .

and then . . .

commit a little mayhem

don’t hesitate
to dramatize

let chaos rule
throughout
the world

always
the way you guide

and no need to explain
to anyone

why did you
kill
our darlings

why not keep them

were they not
good

we all feel
so
vulnerable
with our darlings
gone

and wonder

we wonder

what will happen
to us
in the chapter
that you wrote
next

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