Writing is not a selfish exercise, nor is the experience of it entirely subjective. It has been a hard-learned lesson that effective writing is, at the fundamental level, a contract between creator and reader—and beyond that, a collaboration of minds: writer, beta readers, editors, agents, publishers. I have come to think of this process not as a ceding of creative control, in however small a measure, but as an enhancement to one person’s capacity. As writers, we are cyborgs; we are augmented and optimized by the technology of minds outside our own.
A writer is one to whom writing comes harder than to anybody else.– Thomas Mann