While I’m no longer paid by the pound for tech writing, there are some things that I miss:
- I had an editor
- I had a proofreader
- I had fellow writers I worked with on a regular basis
Now, writing wasn’t my main function, but I did a lot of it. When I did it, though, it was done professionally. It’s nice having an editor. It’s nice having someone fact-check your work. It was also nice to write on assignment.
Creative writing is sometimes lonely. It’s more fun, for me, but damn it, I miss my editor. Miss her a lot. If I ever land a book deal, it will take all my effort and will not to kiss my editor’s feet.
On one hand, I wonder if having all these pros at my beck and call spoiled me. On the other, I did learn things like how to stick to deadlines and how the passive voice is the Tool of Satan.