If Walls Could Talk: Ode to Annoying Editors

M.H. Norris

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?

He’s right.

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.

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