No pain no gain, right?
Riiiight. When I'm running and my knee hurts, it's gain, right? Riiiight.
Okay, so not all pain is gain. But pain relating to writing can definitely be gain. I was with my critique group a week ago where I had submitted a chapter. It was good, because I had gone a long spell without submitting anything. [insert plug about how critique groups are awesome because they can give you a writing goal you need to meet.]
Anyway, the critique of my chapter started something like this:
"It just didn't flow"
"Yeah, it was boring"
"It wasn't exciting at all"
My first thought was: aaaaauuuuuuughhhhhh.... what a world!
And my second: I'm never submitting again!
Once my critique group got past deflating my head a bit, they pin pointed issues in the chapter. While I think they may have started harshly, the feedback they gave was useful.
So I took the pain of that moment and rewrote it.
This week they had much better things to say!
Sometimes we need to hear the painful things so our writing can grow and our writing can get polished.