I'm not talking about the movie based on the college life of beat poet Allan Ginsberg. Rather, I'm curious about the way people today approach this, for lack of a better term, editing technique. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, Faulkner said "In writing, you must kill all your darlings." In other words, the things we love as writers don't necessarily give our readers the same nostalgia or profound feelings that we get when we read our own work. Hence, we remove those characters, settings, one-liners, and even paragraphs for the benefit of our audience. I'm curious to know how other writers feel about killing their darlings. Do you avoid it? Does it scare you? Or is it something that you do the second you realize you are getting too sentimental about something others would have a hard time relating to? Also, where does it fit in your writing process? Is it something you have beta readers help you with, or is it more private?