Writing Is Rewriting, Unless It’s Stopping You From Writing

A typewriter

Photo: Jules A

I remember my time as a new journalist for a business paper. I remember the events I had to attend, the free lunches I received, the special access that I was afforded.

I remember mingling with the other reporters, giving them a knowing nod as they typed away at their bulky laptops (workplace desktops were still a thing back then).

“Tight deadline, huh?” I’d ask.

I had it easy. My company went to print every week. These guys? They worked for the dailies. “You going to send this in by today?”

“No, by lunch,” my new friend would reply.

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NON FICTION: This Is Your Life As A Struggling Writer

Bunch of people taking notes

Photo: The Climate Reality Project

You wake up, you check your phone. You want to know the latest stats for the article you’d posted yesterday. Two views. No likes on Facebook. One spam comment.

An e-mail comes in. It’s from that fiction competition you joined five months ago. “Thank you for your participation,” it reads. That’s always a bad sign, and a quick scroll through the rest of the message proves it.

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