I'm not an advocate of divorce but I've learned to be when it comes to my writing.
How many times have you written the perfect short story or the perfect first three pages of a manuscript? You know it's the best work you've ever written. You can't wait to share it with your friends, your family and maybe even your writer friends.
But then it happens. Someone makes a comment about it. It needs what? I need to change it where? !!!!!!!!! How can that be? I wrote it perfectly! It will sell just as it is!!! They don't know good writing when they see it!
It does to me. Because I've been that person. Unwilling to appreciate that some comments are correct. That maybe I do need more help.
Maybe we need to let go of our work and not hang on so tightly to something that isn't working. Maybe our work can improve if we take some well-meaning advice.
Divorce hurts. Letting go of a cute phrase or entire chapter hurts too.
But in the end--maybe we'll find the perfect marriage for our work with an agent or a publisher.
Are you hanging on too tightly today?