I mean, if that scene you absolutely love wasn't any good, what about everything else you hold dear? Should it be trashed, too?
Of course not.
As a side note, I should say I believe killing your darlings isn't as much about removing all you hold dear as it is about taking out what has no place in the novel, whether you love it or not.
Now, back to the business at hand. Don't trash everything you love in a story. You'll hate what's left, and won't have any reason left to write it. No, after a good ol' darling-killing, there's only one thing you can do.
A Novel Love List
It's simple. You list everything you love about your novel in bullet form. You can do this whenever you feel your story drags, when you're no longer excited to sit at your keyboard and work on it. When you think it's all a pile of crap, and nobody will want to read it.
Remind yourself why you would read it, first. Go back to what enticed you to write it.
Here's my White Echoes novel love list!
- Hot air balloons. Aircrafts
- Genetic engineer bad guy
- Character with argyria
- Captain Vermen. Andeal. Seriously, I'd write it for these two guys.
- Fireworks at the end. Literally!
- Green-glowing roof
- Virus and bacteria gone wrong. Scary as shit.
- Hot air balloon. Oh, wait. Said that already.
- Conspiracy. Manipulative jerks. Crowd control. FUN times.
This little exercise is much like a pat on the back, but sometimes it's essential to remind ourselves why we write these stories and keep the flame alive.
Yes, your early love might not have its place in the story anymore. That doesn't mean the entire novel is worthless.
Look at it again. Love it. Write it.