So I had a student last night in Creative Writing who said somethig like writing should never be critiqued, nobody should ever say, why don’t you change this or work on that, even if the poem is “blah,blah,blah.” The blah part is an exact quote. Nobody should even think about suggesting changing a single blah.
I don’t agree with that, we grow as writers when we have the courage and energy to revise, but I know what he means. Sometimes writing feels like a holy experience and so every word written has a significance that defies revision, defies critique. Which is fine, for a minute. Or an hour. Or a day.
But comes the time when, particularly if you want to write professionally, you have to look at your pearls with an editor’s eye. You might even have to kill your darlings. Because most writing can be made better with a little time and effort.
Which is why this morning I looped back to what I wrote yesterday and revised it. And guess what? It’s better now.