Yesterday, I had planned on spending my lunch time outside basking in the sunshine- enjoying it’s warmth and the promise of Spring it spoke of. But when I left my desk, that very same sun exposed my lint and crumb festooned carpet and all my housekeeping flaws. Ugh!
So instead of getting outside, I grabbed my vacuum and attacked the litter, promising myself I’d get outside later. (I did.)
Critique partners and editors are a lot like the sunshine, revealing things we need to eliminate. Fingerprints (personal opinion) and excess words can cloud our readers vision and what we intended to say. Excess description clutters the beauty of a scene.
Do not be afraid to allow others a view of your work. Their suggestions might clear up your story's meaning, redefine your plot or help you clarify the point you were making, providing a punch to your words. You and your reader will be happier.
How do you review your work objectively? With the help of others, or with a set formulaic structure?