variations

I am one of those people who thrive on variety. 

It can have a downside – I can end up with too many interests, trying to have my finger in too many pies! But in a way, being a writer is ideal for those who have lots of different interests. It means there is always something new to write about.

Not only that, but I’ve found this variety in being an editor.  All writers edit to some degree (at least, if they want to be readable!).  But I’ve found my role as an editor for Magnet magazine valuable and rewarding in its own right – another way of celebrating and honing words – just not my own.

The Magnet team is composed primarily of volunteers who come together to work on this thrice-yearly Christian magazine.  I started as one of these volunteers, but have now taken on the role of editorial co-ordinator, under a freelance agreement with the publisher.  This has only been for the last few months, so I’m still adapting to this.

Being an editor, and getting an editor’s eye view, is fantastic for me as writer. Likewise, being a writer means that I know what it’s like on the other side. Hopefully, this gives me a diplomacy and tact that might not be so apparent otherwise. (Please note – I know lots of tactful and kind editors! But having an insight into the life of a writer is helpful, in my experience).

With these variations within my working life, it can occasionally get a bit chaotic, but it keeps things interesting. Sometimes I am doing more editing work than I am writing, and vice versa.  Often it’s nice to have a ‘break’ from one and focus on the other – allowing thoughts and ideas to continue rumbling in my subconscious and coming back refreshed.

They complement each other – but they are not the same thing.  I do occasionally write something for Magnet, but my role there is as an editor.  Often we have people wanting to join the team for writing opportunities – but that is not what it’s about and we have to make this point clearly.  We equip team members as editors, and as editors it is our role to release others into ‘speech’, to find and help others express themselves in words.

For more about what I’ve learned from being an editor, you can also read this post: wearing the editor’s hat.


A to Z posts – reflecting on my writing journey

A to Z theme reveal
A is for … acorns
B is for … bricks
C is for … change
D is for … dreams
E is for … empathy
F is for … forgetfulness
G is for … gifts
H is for … hiatus
I is for … imagination
J is for … jewels
K is for … knowledge
L is for … living
M is for … meaning
N is for … novels
O is for … observe
P is for … persist
Q is for … quiet
R is for … reading
S is for … secrecy
T is for … timing
U is for … understanding

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