"Kill your darlings" can easily be interpreted as meaning "drain all warmth and personality out of your writing."

It's better to say, "If a line is showing how clever you, the writer, are, rather than illuminating the world or characters, or moving the story forward, cut it."
I was terrified that people would insist I had to cut the whole madrigals section out of All the Birds in the Sky (nobody ever did, for the record.) And now that's the section that people seem to quote from the most, lately.
Sometimes a work is running long and you need to cut stuff because your reader's time is valuable. Often when you step back, it's easy to see where things are redundant, or two scenes can be combined, or a line of dialogue adds nothing. But I'd always rather cut plot than feels.
Where I see excess crud in my work (and other people's), it's often the extra bits where someone explains the plot for the fifth time, or we make sure the stakes are SUPER CLEAR instead of trusting the reader to get it. And real stakes? Come from emotion and personal investment.
Likewise, people sometimes act as if the advice "write what you know" means "you can't write about being an asteroid miner unless you personally have mined asteroids." Whereas it's more like "connect things to your own experience." You've had a shitty boss, you've hated your job.
Writing is a terrible slog a lot of the time. (Insert gif of Chuck from #Supernatural saying "writing is hard"). But the books I enjoy are the ones that I can tell the author had some fun writing, and they made it fun for me to read. And the author put a lot of themself into it.
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