Some days I think I love it more than the actual writing. I think it’s because writing a story or a script is like banging a piece of metal into the shape of a sword, while the process of refinement that comes from feedback is like sharpening it to a razor’s edge.
And it’s nice to know that you have a solid core, a kernel of an idea that is genuinely good and that you can work around. It makes me feel safe, like I already made it through the hardest part and now need to polish it. For someone like me, who is absolutely fucking terrified of nearly every single word I type, that’s important.
Finally, at this stage I think the feedback and polish phase is the one where I grow the most as a writer. When I write, I write for myself. When I polish based on feedback, I’m writing for others. One is fun and enjoyable, while the other feels more professional and dedicated. Makes me feel like I’m playing with the big boys and all.