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To quit or not to quit

I have never been a quitter. In fact, go ahead and tell me I can’t do something. I’ll just be that much more likely to do it.

But National Blog Posting Month is killing me. It’s not writing the posts themselves. It’s fitting them in with everything else. I’m super-busy at work, the holidays are approaching way too fast, and other opportunities I don’t want to pass up are presenting themselves. Not to mention the normal stuff of daily life. Writing a blog post every single day is falling down the list of priorities — and fast.

Even more to the point, though, is the fact that I don’t want to crank out blog posts simply out of a sense of obligation. I want them to be outstanding. I want them to be pieces I enjoy writing and other people want to read.

I haven’t decided for sure yet, but I may let National Blog Posting Month go by without me.

I love the idea and adore the discipline. But there may not be room in my life to do it well enough to make it satisfying.

Maybe if I try being less of a perfectionist, I can pull it off. I’m keeping this post short and not worrying about links and photos and such.

If I do decide to give up the daily blog grind, I’ll still keep blogging on a regular schedule. Just one that makes more sense. One that means never having to say, “I’m sorry. That blog post wasn’t my best work.”

In praise of great editors

I don’t care how good a writer you are, a great editor will make you better.

I edit my own work exhaustively. It’s where most of the magic happens, at least for me. But a really smart editor will find a way to improve on even the best piece. If I’m lucky, that editor will also take the time to tell me what worked and what didn’t. It never fails to strengthen my skills.

This blog may be the only thing I write that I don’t ask someone to take a look at. Most of my work is reviewed by copy editors, who I hold in the highest esteem. When I’m flying solo, I call on a fellow writer to give my work a once-over. There’s always something, however small, to tweak. (Note to self: Get ahead of the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) curve, to allow leeway to finalize posts with fresh eyes.)

In praise of great editors

I’ve had the pleasure of working with some incredibly good editors over the years. Still do, nearly every day. The best ones are clear in their expectations and quick to lend support.

This week, as I fight the battle of the flu bug, I’m also grateful for editors who have an often overlooked quality: compassion. (For the record, this is an under-appreciated trait in many, not just editors.) The best editors realize that writers are only human. That we’re going to have the occasional writer’s block. Or that we might get sick once in a while. And that quality work trumps what’s frequently an arbitrary deadline.

Today, when an editor found out I was working on her story despite still being sick, she emailed me: “Don’t even worry about it! Just get better.” Then she gave me two more days to work on the story, on top of the extension she’d already given me. I told her she is an angel of mercy and gave her an IOU for a rush turnaround on demand in future.

Great editors will always make you a better writer. And the very best editors have more than sharp skills. They have heart.

Sick as a dog but still wrote my blog

When I’m unwell, bad rhymes and tired phrases are sometimes all my brain can muster.

Clearly, I’m sick, to write a headline like that.

This is why I begged an extra day on a story I owed an editor today. I just couldn’t do good work.

But it’s exactly one week today since I began the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) challenge. I knew it wouldn’t be easy finding something to write about every day. Coming up with ideas actually hasn’t been so tough – some days I’ve even posted twice, I’ve been so inspired.

But I didn’t count on getting sick. I now realize that I also didn’t plan very well for unexpected work projects, volunteering activities or other commitments. Or things like seeing friends, listening to music, reading, watching movies and, you know, having fun.

Of course, all those things are fuel for the blog, which is good. I’m almost always in the mood to write something.

But you really don’t want to read about my illness today. Honest, you don’t.

So I’ll just leave it at this: I managed to write my post today and now I’m going back to bed.

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