Language, the method of human communication, either written or spoken, is as important to a writer as having a great storyline. Over the course of months, sometimes even years, authors tediously contemplate their use of words to bring alive their stories. We don't use our language frivolously. Each word, strategically strung together, helps builds a scene, hopefully enjoyably enough that it takes the reader on a journey through to the end, and we protect those stories as we would our family. I guess that is why sometimes we take critiques so hard, and resent editors even more when they seemingly off-handedly cut out sentences, or even whole paragraphs of our precious writing. We're told we need to build up a thick skin--to not take critique so seriously. I agree. In critiquing, we can choose which to take and which to leave, although we can learn from each. I know I have, and will continue to learn, but I hope I will never get so thick-skinned that I won't stand up for my writing when I know I'm right.