If you're a writer, you've most likely received criticism, constructive or not, and have had to do some rewriting to finalize a piece for publication and make an editor happy. But sometimes the criticism comes from the most difficult editor you'll ever meet -- you.
Writing isn't always done in one sitting, one perfect word after another. It takes time and several edits before one can successfully complete a piece worthy of publication and praise. The key to success is not letting those fears or the self-criticism eat away at your confidence, You know your abilities and you've always overcome any criticism to complete something great.
"So much of writing is just that: rewriting, either because we know from experience or intuition that we have not landed the language, or because an editor tells us we are off the mark," says Janice Lynch Schuster, an essayist, poet, and author of several books on improving care for the end of life.
If this is something to which you can relate, read Schuster's helpful piece in the ASJA's blog, The Word -- Out of My Own Way: Listening to Critics and Rewriting My Masterpieces.
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