‘It’s easy for people who spend a lot of time writing—be it for pleasure or for work—to get attached to the fruits of their labor. After all, the words we use to fill a blank page are our brain-children and we love them dearly; or, at least, we care about the impression they will make on our readers. Our writing speaks about us in many ways. It’s a testimony to our skill and knowledge. It’s an insight into our thinking process. It might even be a reflection of our personality.
Perhaps this is why some people don’t even revise their work, let alone actively try to improve it. It’s not easy to look at the text you’ve labored over and then pick it apart looking for mistakes. But it’s something that has to be done if we want to grow as writers, and it’s also something that doesn’t have to be as brutal as it seems. Actually, it can be a lot of fun.‘