I’m going to mix things up and throw in a poll today.
Imagine confetti being thrown in the air right about…now.
So because I trust your judgement more than I do mine, I want to know which of the below you would be most interested in reading about.
I know the ideas are random and different from what I normally write about. The article in question won’t be posted on this blog, but on another site. If all goes as planned, I’ll include the link to the article once it’s published so you can marvel at my blogging endeavors (more like horrendous blogging attempts).
Like I said, I trust your judgement and I respect your opinions. It should be obvious by now that I’m the worst at making decisions, which is why I am asking you to decide for me.
I’m leaving a part of my life in your hands. What you choose to do with my life is not up to me.
What you need to know before you read this article:
I awoke at some ungodly hour in the morning.
I played with said idea in my head while semi-conscious.
I wrote this post while the sky was still black.
At this point you might be wondering why I’m sharing this information with you. Why in the world should you care?
Because most of my posts are written on at least 6 hours of sleep, conjured when conscious, and penned with the help of natural light.
On to matters that matter.
They aren’t your “fall” guy or girl. First of all, if anyone ever says to me something along the lines of, “You were my editor yet you failed to catch this error”…I’ll secretly murder you in my next book. You can’t blame your editor for anything because it’s the writer’s name that gets slapped on the front, back, and center of a book—not the editor’s. It’s your responsibility then to be an editor as much as it’s your responsibility to be a writer.
They aren’t your friend first and foremost. Their job is to break you and your writing. Your job is not to be broken by it. If it crushes your ego to seek out advice from editors, why are you in this business? Editors are editors. While you may think they are your friends, when it comes to editing, both the writer and editor must put aside that friendship temporarily.
They aren’t holding a gun to your head, forcing you to change something. Maybe you envision your editor doing so, but really, you’re the writer of the article. Therefore, you must write the story the way you want it to be written.
They aren’t holding your hand, walking you through the process. Editors weren’t put on this earth to solve all your problems.
They aren’t miracle workers. Then again, sometimes they are.