Friends and Edits: Enemies of Laziness
December 16, 2008 § 6 Comments
It took me a long time to let people read my work. It took even longer for me to read their comments without wincing in advance. But now, I welcome them. For I’ve learned that most remarks have merit, and even if I disagree, they force me to think about my choices.
Some people are naturals at offering constructive criticism, but some of us need to learn how to do it.
Last night, a friend critiqued a new short story I wrote; to our surprise, every place she told me was awkward or unclear was a spot I had struggled over. As I told her, “Damn, I knew these weren’t right, but I hoped they were good enough,” I realized again the value of good critique.
We should never stop at “good enough.”