Get a Peer EditorPosted: June 1, 2009
Most good writers struggle with ego. As a result, they do not become as great of writers as they could become. They coast along as merely “good” writers. And that’s not enough.
You don’t want to be good. You don’t want to maintain the status quo. You want to be great, because you’ve got something amazing to say, something that would change people’s lives if they took the time to hear it. Don’t you? Isn’t that why you’re committed to writing? (If not, I might reconsider your motivation for wanting to write.)
In order to earn the right to speak to your audience, you need to develop yourself as a writer. Being good, or even pretty good, just won’t cut it. You need to be great.
In order to be a truly great writer, you need an editor, someone who will tell you the truth about your writing without blowing smoke up your butt. You need someone you can trust, so that when (not “if”) they criticize you, you can trust that it’s not in order to tear you down, but to build you up.
For a good editor, I suggest a peer — someone close enough to you who knows you well, but not too close. Your editor needs to be able to tell you the hard truth without having to face the consequences of your not being “best friends” anymore. You need someone who is bold and blunt. You need an editor who will challenge you to write more than one draft of a piece, because, as we all know, the first draft is usually crap.
At the end of the day, we all need to grow. We all need to come down off of our high horses of achievement and success and be humbled a little. We all need people who will force us to set aside ego for the sake of the message we are called to spread.
So, get a peer editor, and get on your way to becoming great.