This is a sign that hangs in my classroom. The sign, the construction tape, the hardhats--they go with the theme.
For me, deconstruction is an integral part of the writing process. I write, I delete, I pare down, I rearrange, I tighten.
Which leads me to what I think is necessary for a writer. A writer must be willing to cast off words/lines/pages. They have to be able to do the work, to get the writing done... and then, to delete parts of their WIP.
They also need a thick skin. If a writer really and truly wants to get better at their craft, they have to ask fellow writers to be honest.
Does this suck or is it any good?
Which parts do I need to discard?
Which parts are weak and therefore, need to be overhauled?
What do you think it takes to be a writer? Delete-happy minds want to know...