At school, I was commended for being able to focus on my studies in the reality of a noisy classroom. But I think my teacher was really saying he was finding the modern-day classroom extremely challenging! His words were not as kind when I failed to impress on a matter of local history. Yet focusing makes me persevere on a project or task. Just carry through with the project until complete—no matter the environment. And so up to the present time, I try to get the job done with where ever my writing life leads me.

On the run

We know that being decisive is about being decisive. There is no middle ground, there is no relenting or going back on your vows. I go through with it. But instead of going through with my many projects on the go, perhaps I should go through with one or two at a time. Under pressure with many on the go or going steady with one or two on the run? One or two on the run, I’d say.

Challenging editors

How does one work with editors that are forthright in their point of view?Well, these editors have other qualities as well. Editors may have a strong viewpoint, but they are not black and white. If one gets the nod, then one has to work with whoever the editor is, and what happens if the editor is straight down the middle and tells it like it is? I had an editor who didn’t like many movies and said to me that reviews of movies was the definitely last thing on their list. Although this is pretty standard for some niche publications whose audience is focused on other matters than secular pictures. I was a little disappointed at the time, having done reviews, but the editor compromised a little and said they would take reviews of suitable films for the audience. In the end, I got a few pages worth of reviews, with this particular editor. Although he was observed as forthright, he was also flexible.

So, one can get to know the various qualities of an editor once one has worked with one, and that may not be as black and white as one may originally think.

It’s always helpful for a writer to see the ‘colors’ of an editor before one thinks it will always be done a certain way. Time will tell.

Proud of my writing

I shouldn’t be proud of my writing, for I can always do better. Some tell me to always improve my writing, and to that I’d agree. For the writing I’ve done could have done with a polish, but am I seeing right? When in the constant critiquing of one’s work, one does not see the qualities already present. In a moment’s glee, I acknowledged the qualities of my work. I personally acknowledged a body of work done over time, and it set off a pleasant feeling through my brain. A sense of pride in a body of writing enabled a moment’s relaxation, to think that I can stop striving to constantly do better, that whatever I have already done, is good enough. To think good, accepting thoughts about one’s work and with that sense of pride one says to one’s self, hey, I did good. It’s a liberating thought–a thought that plays out in one’s brain for longer than expected. When I accepted my work, I can say, I am free! And I don’t need an editor to accept it for it to be valid.

A key to not surrendering

My first draft looked at a little tatty, what’s new? I was going to flag it. Never to submit the piece. So, I said to myself, leave that genre of writing alone. A day leaving it alone did wonders. Then, I thought, try harder. And I think the piece looks better than before. In a few days, I can send it. A key to not surrendering, a key to not chucking in a piece, is to try harder, when one can’t be bothered. That’s in my experience.