Saw this pic on the interwebs the other day, and it immediately brought to mind the writer’s version of the situation.
Careful who you listen to, kids. Nothing’s more aggravating than rewriting something that doesn’t really need it.
If I’m pleased with something I’ve written, I never ask anyone to read and comment. Not even the brilliant writers who are my friends. I just turn it in and wait for the check.
Sometimes I experience that nagging, “I dunno, something’s just not right” feeling in the back of my brain. Because of the kind of guy I am, I usually ignore it and turn in the script – or the article or the story or the book – as is. I do this because I know that whomever is paying for it is going to want to have something to sayanyway, and maybe – just maybe – what they say will help.
If I get lucky, my buyer will indeed spot the problem, which will force me to actively search for – and find – a solution. If I’m a little luckier, he or she may actually have a fix that works. I’ll know it works because when I’ve tried it my mind will stop squeezing my soul and I’ll feel my whole being relax.
The rewrite will have been worthwhile. The experience will have been truly productive.
But if, after I’ve turned in something I’ve written, I feel fine about it and the buyer starts coming up with changes, well, that’s one of those situations where no matter how efficiently I make those changes, the experience will still be a total waste. And not only will the work show that, but my being will know it and kick me in the ass.
There’s nothing wrong with saying, “Screw it!” to a critic and sticking to your guns.
Just make sure you’ve got a few bucks put away.