It’s a kick in the gut when someone tells you your work is not up to their standards. It would hurt any writer out there, or any worker for that matter.
It sucks and it makes you not want to continue with your work. To me, that means the editor wasn’t effective in motivating the writer. That’s what separates good editors from mediocre ones – they know how to get their point across without the need to step on the writer.
Sometimes you fight back, sometimes you see their point, sometimes you just let it go and move on.
Eventhough you decide to move on though, there is still a sting there. Of course there is. You wouldn’t be human if there wasn’t. But that’s okay because you recognise the stinging sensation as an aftermath, and that it will eventually go away.
I guess what I take away from this experience is that you can’t please everyone. There are just some people who you will clash with no matter what and it’s best to go your separate ways.
I am fully aware this is a blessing in disguise. I don’t want to work for someone who will continuously undermine my work and not help me grow (or maybe they just don’t have the capacity to help people grow).
But right now, I’m just waiting for the sting to go away. And it will.