|King actually threw away his draft of Carrie. His wife found it in the garbage can.|
Murder your darlings, yes, but not the truly darling darlings.
"Try any goddamn thing you like, no matter how boringly normal or outrageous. If it works, fine. If it doesn't, toss it. Toss it even if you love it. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch once said, 'Murder your darlings', and he was right."
-Stephen King (On Writing)