Without our editors
I don’t know what writers would do
As much as we won’t admit
They help us, that is true.
But sometimes they spot things
We’d wish they’d just miss
But instead they find holes
That are worse than Swiss
So here we writers sit
At our computers without a clue
Staring at red edits
That make us feel rather blue
One thing our writers know for sure
Is that our editors make us look good
They constantly remind us
To write as we should
But sometimes that involves
Things coming to light
Those wholes of Swiss
Needing a rewrite
And as they hand those back
Promising they aren’t a slight
Instead they tell us
They help to make us look bright
So here’s my ode to editors
James, keep your ego in check
They may all drive us crazy
But at least our stories aren’t a wreck
Okay, I promise I’m done with the dodgy poetry. James issued a challenge and I couldn’t help but accept it and write my little ode to editors.
*takes a bow*
I’ve often said in this column that there are few things that help a writer’s career better than having a good editor.
But they, if they’re doing their jobs correctly, drive you up the wall. Like this week where James noticed a hole (a technicality really) that requires me to spend a bit of time rewriting something.
And the worst part?
It needs to be fixed and as much as I’d love to tell him he’s absolutely wrong, I find myself doing some research to make the necessary change.
This column was made with the idea of me talking about what I’m doing week to week. And this week I’m glaring in the general direction of my editor.
Because he was right.
And my story will be stronger because he was right.
That doesn’t mean I’m any less annoyed.