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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)

TITLE: Editors… a Writer’s Worst Nightmare
By David F. Palmieri Sr.
03/01/08


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Editors… a Writer’s Worst Nightmare


Yes, I know I’m in trouble just from my title. I hope somebody reads this, because my editor probably won’t. He is a gruff old fellow from the hill country of Oregon. I can almost hear him violently turn off his computer as soon as his eyes saw this article.

"Change this whole sentence; wrong punctuation here, and here, etc." If you’ve dealt with an editor at all I’m sure you can relate to my predicament.

He wildly wields his red pen looking like one of the Star Wars Warriors dueling with their Light Sabers. He drives me to want to go back to delivering flowers for a living instead of trying to be a writer.

I have been under this guy’s tutelage for over a year now. At times, like today, I feel like one of those, "Thumb Print Cookies," Mom used to bake at Christmas.

I pour my heart and soul into an article and send it to him via e-mail. It returns to me a short while later looking like an Iraqi flag, red, white, and black. What ever made me think I could be a writer to begin with? All ego and self-esteem aside, after I cool down, I begin the drudgery of implementing all of his, "smuggested" changes.

After a time I reluctantly click on his e-mail address and send my "corrected" copy to him through cyber-space. To soothe my broken spirit I go down and play with the dogs while I await his reply. Dogs love you no matter how bad you write. Every writer should have at least one dog, in my opinion. I recently found out my editor has five.


I refused to look at my computer until later that evening for fear of more red ink. When I clicked on his reply I was shocked at the message. "Hey brother, the publisher bought your article! The check is in the mail. Good job!"

How can I love this tormentor so much the way he beats up my writing? I’m not exactly sure, but the fact that my writing is improving, because of him, probably helps.


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Clyde Blakely03/06/08
Editors + tormenting = better writing. Good flow and, oh, so true. Keep "righting" and God bless.

Sentiments of many a writers!
Shirley McClay 03/07/08
LOL... awesome... I need one of these tormentors myself!
LauraLee Shaw03/07/08
Love the voice in this piece. Well done.
Dolores Stohler03/07/08
We can all relate to this. Although it feeds our ego to hear praise for our work, it's the critical comments (yes, even the scathing ones) that cause us to work harder and improve our writing. A writer cannot afford to be sensitive to criticism if he or she wants to succeed in this business.
Seema Bagai 03/09/08
Great voice and narration in this piece.
c clemons03/11/08
Cute story and I agree with the commentor that said although we don't want to hear (or see in your case) the corrections, it will make us better writers. Thanks so much for the post.
Norma-Anne Hough 03/20/08
Love it. I have two dogs, both german shepherds and young. One lies at my feet while I write the other guards the door.
Regards,
Norms