A friend of mine at a writing conference that I am currently at told me this:
"No piece of writing is precious enough to ruin a book over."
Brilliant. Think about it. A jalapeno may be the best jalapeno in the world, but does it belong in your banana split?
But it's a good jalapeno! C'mon, it's great. I worked so hard to grow that jalapeno, and I cut it just right, and why is everybody such a jalapeno hater, and what's the big deal anyway?
Let go of the jalapeno.
Put it in your next book, which is a big bowl of chili.
Or, just keep the jalapeno to yourself, and enjoy what it was.
No piece of writing is precious enough to ruin a book over. No jalapeno is precious enough to ruin a banana split over.
And that's all.