I’m working through the final round of edits on my Thesis. Some very important questions were asked, and some very helpful suggestions were given.
Part of this process required that I toss half of my introduction. Such a great suggestion. It reads much better.
In order to do this I had to come to the painful realization that my words are not an extension of my being. They are tools that I use to communicate an idea. Sometimes I need to get rid of some tools. Usually because they don’w work properly.
It’s very easy to try to defend every idea and sentence that I wrote. But I want to be a better writer. When someone who doesn’t live in my head points out that an idea doesn’t work or a sentence isn’t necessary, then I need to listen to those people.
A good editor wants the writer to succeed. I’m blessed that my editors have all been on my team.
Wouldn’t it be great if we all had editors, people who were trying to help us to make the best possible product, with our whole life. People who want us to succeed are invaluable. They come in the shape of mentors, family members, friends. Listen to them.