STAN: It’s strangely comforting to know that artists come up with concepts that ultimately don’t get used. Writers commonly do this as well. I’ve often cut sentences, paragraphs and chapters; even characters and whole sub-plots. Much as you might like an idea, or think you’ve produced a pretty decent piece of writing, if it doesn’t further the plot it has to go. Sometimes you just have to kill your darlings, as Stephen King memorably put it.