Editing and Ego
The relationship between a writer and an editor is complicated. I recently had a short story accepted in an literary magazine. The managing editor made a few suggestions about reworking the beginning of the story.
The purpose of the editor is to help make the story the best it can be, while maintaining story integrity. I, the writer, has to figure out how to balance the editors vision with my own. In other words, I need to check my ego at the door.
Ego isn’t a bad thing. After all we are writers, ego is what compels us to send our writing out into the world. It’s being able to be open to other viewpoints and suggestions that makes or breaks any project.
I don’t have an issue with reworking parts of any project I’m working on. I work with a group of amazing writers, who provide me with great feedback. I want my story to ‘speak’ to the broadest audience possible.
I’ll put my ego on the back burner to make my stories the best they can be.