Basic human virtues learned at an early age become the most valuable assets a mind can have
Stay with it, even if you have to keep revising your material again and yet again. Be your own best critic; keep asking basic questions about your work (see my list in the previous chapter) and make sure you are fully satisfied with the work before you send it to a publisher.
Be patient with yourself. The disciplined process of setting aside a manuscript and letting a short period of time lapse before re-viewing it is extremely important. The mind needs rest and recreation and the pause that refreshes can deliver magical insights. You may even find that earlier versions are better than later ones. If you keep beating a horse to death, guess what? The horse will end up being dead.
Be grateful first and foremost for the time and energy to do the work and then be grateful for others’ feedback. Be grateful for your talents and skills—and for your understanding of the writing and revision process.
Be willing to listen to others and be ready to make revisions. Attitude is everything. If you become “depressed” about yourself and your work, you will be unable to “express” yourself. Be careful to Keep the Flow on Go.
Stay positive and open, and continue to revise or re-view. Look at your material from different angles and consider new possibilities for expressing it.
Stay detached and don’t take it personally.
If I were to name one virtue that stands out above all others and that separates professional writers from amateurs, it would be detachment. If an editor tells you that you need to revise a work, don’t take it personally. You may disagree with them, but be careful before leaping in to counter their opinion. Weigh their opinions and spend time considering their comments. Above all, be grateful that they have taken the time to review your work. And...
DO NOT TAKE IT PERSONALLY!