Reasons Why Your Partner Is The Best (And Worst) Editor

Most novice writers, including myself, rely on their nearest and dearest for feedback. That can only be a really, really good thing, or a really, really bad thing. Here’s a few pros and cons:

+ They’re always there
Constantly encouraging you to write!

– They’re always there
Constantly guilting you for not writing.

+ You trust their opinion
And therefore, accepting changes is easier.

– You trust their opinion
Even when they’re talking utter crap.

+ You’re not scared to talk back
Unlike a big, fancy editor, you can honestly share your feelings.

– You’re not scared to talk back
Which often leads to huge arguments.

+ They let you have a day off
They give you a break when you’ve earned it.

– They let you have a day off
Even when you know you really shouldn’t…

+ They’re not a professional
They don’t ramble about sales, target audiences and all that rubbish.

– They’re not a professional
Sometimes they really don’t know what they’re talking about.

+ You can work from home
Getting a second opinion isn’t a great effort, you just roll over.

– You can work from home
Suddenly home becomes the office.

+ Editing is fun
You actually look forward to sharing your work.

– Editing is fun
Maybe too fun, things often go off topic.

+ You talk freely
Neither of you feel stupid making suggestions.

– You talk freely
Which sometimes comes out as shouting…

+ They know your writing better than anyone else
They know what you’re trying to express and they can help you do it successfully.

– They know your writing better than anyone else
They may bit a little bit biased.

+ They inspire you
With all sorts of fun, quirky, imaginative ideas.

– They inspire you
Which can be really awkward when they realise you’ve based a character on them.

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+ Sometimes they have amazing ideas
Stuff you could never think of! Plot twists, character quirks, game changers!

– Sometimes they have amazing ideas
And you get really annoyed because you didn’t come up with them yourself.

… Beware writers, you’ve been warned!

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