I'm a big fan of stern compassion and it's usually very hard to find among writers: people seem to be afraid of making constructive comments, but those are the comments that actually make you grow.

You are absolutely right. I haven't given much thought to editing lately, and it shows. Now that I read this piece again, I see how it's overwritten and self-indulgent at several points. I'll definitely revisit the old stuff and rework it.

You might not see yourself as a teacher, but you've taught me something today. Thank you so much for your generous, thoughtful feedback.

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I write short stories. I also write about writing. If I'm procrastinating on both, I write about why I haven't been writing. E-mail: danbelmontwriter@gmail.com

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