Listening to: The Mountain Goats, "Alpha Rats Nest"
Sometimes, when I'm reviewing notes by beta readers, I'll have little arguments with them. Note: they are not actually, physically present during these arguments. Sometimes in my head, sometimes out loud. It goes something like this:
"No, really, it's better the way I wrote it. Just trust me on this one. Seriously. No, I don't care how much you insist, I know what I'm doing. Oh, what's that? Well, you may have a point there, but still. Well, yeah. That's true. All right, all right, fine. Have it your way."
Am I the only one? Yes? Okay. Just checking.
If you don't feel that you are possibly on the edge of humiliating yourself, of losing control of the whole thing, then possibly what you are doing isn't very vital. If you don't feel like you are writing somewhat over your head, why do it? If you don't have some doubt of your authority to tell this story, then you are not trying to tell enough. --John Irving