Why kill our darlings? First, what do we actually mean by "kill your darlings"? Second, what's so bad about our darlings? How is it that our stories are better without any of our darlings in them? Surely a story full of darlings is more appealing than one that has no darlings. Say you have a house with a beautiful view. Do you board up the window that shows the view because it's too nice? Does a composer delete the best melodies from his work because they're too pretty? Did Leonardo Da Vinci smear black paint over the Mona Lisa's smile because it was the best part of his painting? Why don't we keep our darlings? Discuss!