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I Think I Might Be. . .

April 4, 2012

… an editor.  I’m so sorry.  I tried, I really tried.  My world has always come down to words.  Nothing makes sense until I can frame it into precisely the right words.  Conversation stops while I grope for exactly what I mean to say, then reach for the dictionary or and the thesaurus.  I must be understood.  That would make me an author, yes.  But there are no stories in my head screaming to be let out.  I joined a writers’ support group ~or rather, I’m committing voyeurism on a very cool literary undertaking~ and read the articles; how to begin well, use voice, create strong dialogue, drive the narrative.  It made me queasy, like whenever I have a job to do for which I’m not quite qualified.  There aren’t enough of the ‘givens’ already in place to make a story happen.

But the words!  I love the words.  And their tiny symbionts, punctuation.  It shoots me through the roof when people misuse and abuse them.  I fly to the aid of the benighted apostrophe, beaten into meaninglessness by the careless and ignorant.  I correct sandwich-boards on the sidewalk and menus at the table.  I make snarky and regrettable comments on FaceBook.  I have never been afraid of red pens.

This doesn’t mean I will stop writing.  I cannot.  It happens all the time.  But I accept the unlikelihood that I shall ever be a novelist.  I stalk Neil Gaiman because he is.  It fascinates me to watch the author in his native habitat.  There it is:  author is other, an exotic creature.  Hello, My name is Molly.  I am an editor.

Maybe someday someone will need to pay me to work this mother tongue.  Until then, I’ll keep at it for my own self.  Language is love, not fade away.

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  1. Eleanore Gigandet permalink
    April 4, 2012 20:40

    I, too, LOVE the art of language. That must be why I am such a fan of yours! And, I frequently correct the mistakes that my children make on Facebook, too, much to their despair. I’m a terrible speller, though, and usually have to write on a Word page, so I can see my mistakes before I publish them. Punctuation and spelling seem to be a lost cause, though, from what I see in email and Facebook.
    Please ‘stay the course’, Molly!

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