I don’t do many posts about writing, but here’s one I couldn’t pass up.
Ms. Rusch is an outstanding author, teacher, and has a blog about writing and the business of writing. She did a great talk at a recent conference that I think speaks to the problems inherent in critique groups and content editors. She also describes, in ways more eloquent than I can, the reason the ‘persuit’ of perfection gets in the way of writers achieving their natural voice.
I personally found a critique group and editors valuable while I was learning the craft of writing, but, like her, found them to dull the creative process once past that stage in my writing career.
Here’s the link to her blog and the video.