- I am not afraid to "kill my darlings," as the saying goes. Which is to say that I can look at a piece objectively, see what's not working well for it, and take those parts out, even if I really like them.
- Much harder for me is to add to a piece. Even when I have ideas about what to add, even when I recognize the imperfections in a piece, I face a fear that adding things will dilute what's already there or will change its meaning in a way I don't want or will otherwise just make the piece worse than it was before.
At this point I think the biggest challenge with the novella is that I still don't have clarity about what's missing. I've heard several people's opinions, and some I can reject immediately as out of alignment with my vision, while others don't "feel" right but I can't say why, and other suggestions I'm thinking about seriously. But no one yet has said anything that makes me go "Yes! That's exactly it! That's exactly what's missing or off. Thank you. Now I can figure out how to solve that problem." How can you fix it if you don't know what the problem is?
Sigh. It's frustrating, because it's usually pretty easy for me to see in someone else's writing what's there and what's missing and to ask questions that might lead to further fleshing out, but I am terrible at being my own developmental editor.