Thursday, May 19, 2011
Lately I've been thinking I might make a better editor than a writer. No, I'm not giving up on writing. I'm just saying that critiquing has showed me how amazing it is to read a new story, make suggestions, try to help someone and make her story wonderful, and then root for that story. It must be an amazing feeling to be an editor. I've always felt that way, even when I was a reporter. And having a critique group has made that feeling rise again.
There's just something so liberating about working on someone else's story. It makes me see things clearer and somehow I feel more freedom than I do with my own story. So I'm coming out there and saying it: I have a dream of being an editor, or an agent. I dream of discovering new voices and working on other people's stories as much as I dream of seeing my own work out there. As one of my critique partners puts it, I guess I'm just a good cheerleader. One with a critical eye and a talent for giving advice (a lot more than for following it).
So there you have it. That's my dream job. Consider it a first step for maybe taking a leap. What about you? What is your dream?
Posted by Gabriela Lessa at 6:17 AM