We’ve had some computerized discussions here at Chicago Now about “fear of publishing” — the idea that oh, I wrote something, but what if I publish it?
Longtime and/or regular readers of these items may have inferred that this isn’t my problem. But I have a draft in my Margaret Serious software that is waiting to go out.
It’s not scheduled, as some are when I have enough ideas and not enough time to get them out. It’s just not good enough for you to see. It’s not what I want.
You see, rather than fear of publishing, I have an inner editor — let’s call her Margaret Very Serious — who doesn’t let me send out what’s not ready or what’s not my best work. (My best at the time, of course.)
Having worked as an editor myself, I know the questions Ms. Very Serious has to ask about any of the pieces I’m ready to post. Here are some of them — remember, questions I’m really asking myself:
Is this all I have?
Is this too long? If so, where can I cut out the chaff?
Have I linked it to other posts — my own, or source material to show where I got the idea?
(The draft has a great source link. I just haven’t turned it into what I want it to turn into… unless it was this post. Hmm.)
Do I really need to mention Sir Arthur Conan Doyle again? (Of course I do. I’m just one book away from starting to re-read the book that Mike and Daisy are reading in the book I’m writing.)
Is there any link to my imagined visits from Robert Louis Stevenson? (Aw, come on, there always is!)
Did I put the little Facebook ID on the end? Oh yeah, here it is now!
Margaret Serious has a page on Facebook.