According to Shakespeare, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and surely the same could be said for our candles. So why Kill Your Darlings?
Kill Your Darlings is derived from advice often bandied about in the writing community. Over the years, the statement “kill your darlings” has been attributed to Hemingway, Faulkner, and countless others, but, as Tin House would tell it, the phrase can actually be traced back to Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch.
Regardless of who first said it or how it’s phrased, the sentiment driving the “kill your darlings” adage is the same: sometimes, that which we love most in our writing must be sacrificed for the greater good of our story.
To kill one’s darlings requires bravery. It requires an objective eye. It requires a making of peace with oneself and with one’s work, a task often more arduous than the act of writing itself.
At Kill Your Darlings Candle Company, we know how challenging it is to be brave and to take that decisive action. When letting our candles’ light encourage you on your creative journey, we want you to know we’re there with you: we believe you can be brave. We believe you can do the right thing.
We believe you can kill your darlings.
Admittedly, the notion of killing one’s darlings can feel very final, but a darling’s death in one manuscript doesn’t mean they can’t be resurrected elsewhere.
Where our candles are concerned, they must occasionally be extinguished, but you can always breathe new life into them, casting their light in spaces previously unilluminated. In the same way, your darlings can live again in the right place and at the right time.
And our candles, as always, will be there for you as you meditate on the how of their rebirth.