“Why do you write so much?” a friend ask a few weeks back after seeing an issue of the paper in which I had three or four stories. “I thought being an editor meant you didn’t have to write so much.”
How could I explain why I write several stories some weeks without sounding cliche? But when I replied, cliche is exactly what came out.
“I write because I have to.”
No, not only to keep my budget down or because I don’t like to delegate – it’s the exact opposite, actually. I do write because I have to. It’s my passion – and it always will be. I’m just lucky I get to work in a place I can still do both.
I can’t just be the person who writes her weekly “Letter from the Editor” and then edits other people’s articles while handling the day-to-day duties of a paper. I want to do it all: To be in the trenches talking to people, finding out their stories, their passions … in addition to handling budgets, payroll, the ever-changing facets of the web and social media and whatever else comes up.
I am proud to be an editrix, and I worked (and work) really hard to wear this hat – it’s a wonderful bonus that it fits so well with the writer hat that’ll forever be bolted to my head.
Now if I could just get my hands on one of those old-fashioned cameras, just to have, to go with the fedora …