On the weekend, someone reading a post on this site found some typos. She pointed them out to me, then apologised in case I didn’t like being corrected. I don’t mind at all. In fact I think it’s great because it’s very hard to edit your own work. But editing and re-writing are perhaps the most important part of writing.
As you can see from the page here, I am a ferocious editor of my own work. I write, re-write and re-write, then some more. I come back to stories after a week and find I want to re-structure or re-write the whole thing. Or maybe my sense of a character has changed without me consciously thinking about it. Those time-out periods are of immense value to any writer. Sometimes, when I’m walking or swimming, the characters start talking in my head, saying something I haven’t thought of. That doesn’t make sense of course, but that’s how it feels.
I find one of the big benefits of these time-out periods is discovering the real point of something you’re writing. “Ah, that’s what it’s about.” That thought is a seminal moment that suggests all sorts of changes and improvements.
Of course there are times when I reverse changes back to the original text, but it’s being willing to play round and try different things that is the key to making a piece of writing as good as possible.
Warning: Making it as good as possible, not perfect, is the goal. It never will be perfect. Your little literary child has to go out into the wide world some time.