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I killed a darling, and I liked it.

And these are my To Do’s so you can perform this deadly muse:

 

STEP 1: Identify the Darling

* Determine the Darling to die.

Has a Darling lost its purpose?

Does a Darling no longer stimulate the storyteller?

Can a Darling disappear without scarring the audience?

STEP 2: Observe the Darling

* Dissect the Darling prior to execution.

Does the Darling lack backstory and growth?

Does the Darling cripple other characters?

Does the Darling diminish “THE END”?

STEP 3: Catch the Darling

* Seize the Darling to halt further harm.

Detain the Darling to stop the outbreak.

Question the Darling to resolve affected narratives.

Prepare the Darling for what must come.

STEP 4: Kill the Darling, and Like It

* Dispatch the Darling with a smile.

Tell the Darling the dark truth.

Silence the Darling for its empty temptings.

Kill the Darling with delight.

STEP 5: Bury the Darling

* Dispose of the Darling to prevent hauntings.

Believe the Darling was not meant to be.

Free the Darling from the heart.

Delete the Darling from the page.

(BONUS) STEP 6: Broadcast the Darling’s Demise

* Memorialize the Darling via shared creations.

Document the Darling’s final moments.

Announce the Darling’s expiration.

Publish the Darling’s death.

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