I spent over a decade of my life as a professional business writer. Add to that my years as a Sustainability Director at a non-profit in Chicago, which required that I do a lot of grant writing and create many types of marketing collateral, I did a lot of writing. Even during my years as a product engineer, writing was a big part of what I did to make money. And during all these years, I appreciated editors.
I never had much problem in receiving criticism on ways my business writing could be improved. It wasn’t difficult to keep a distance from my writing.
Creative writing is different for me, but probably shouldn’t be so much.
Many years ago, I took a few classes where my creative writing was critiqued in workshops, and I mostly hated the process. I can’t really imagine getting a MFA where my creative writing would be workshopped and made to fit some mold.
Yet, I have to admit that I will need an editor for my novels.
I have been refining and editing drafts of my novels for years.
This year, I will finish the first novel, because my attitude about writing the novel is beginning to feel like it did when I was writing professionally for someone else.
I have stopped thinking of my creative writing as needing to be perfect or precious. I want it to be beautiful, which I believe is a different focus.
Thought for today: How do you view your writing as less precious, so that it can be edited and refined to be the best it could be?