- Step back away from the edits and get the anguish over seeing even a little red out.
- I don't have to listen to the suggestions.
- If I really didn't want help, I wouldn't have asked others to read it.
Seeing the red has made me wonder though. After handing my story out to people to crit and send back, how much of my story is my story? Is my voice getting lost in another? That's something no author wants. It put a knot in my stomach I have to untie. I have to remind myself of those three little things I put in bold above. Step away from the suggestions and take a break, maybe even vent a little about how difficult editing can be. As long as I tread carefully I can find my voice among the suggestions; bring it to the front to shout loudly as my story becomes even stronger.