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Started an Editorial Internship

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A few weeks ago, I applied for an editorial internship at a the large sports Web site.  The internship is unpaid, but it’s good experience — and I got it.  (It started as of Friday evening.)

Note that working for a sports Web site, paid or unpaid, is a distinct challenge.  I haven’t ever been called upon to edit so quickly before, much less while learning a new “house style” and all the various rules and regs in the process.

But what is life without a challenge?

However, as there’s only so much time in a day — and I’m already working on two major book edits, one of which is to be completed by November 10 if at all possible — this week my blog definitely suffered the consequences, as aside from this mini-blog right here I’ve only managed to sit down and write one other blog.

Next week, I should be able to do at least a bit more writing.  But getting the hang of the new editing internship is the priority right now, right along with the in-process book edits.

But for now, I thought I’d reinforce a few of the well-thumbed messages I’ve received over the years, to wit:

  1. Follow your dreams wherever they may lead you.  Even if your dreams take unwieldy detours.  Even if they doesn’t seem to make sense to anyone but you.
  2. Don’t let anything stop you from the pursuit of your dreams if you know you’re right.
  3. Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong, as that’s the only way to learn.
  4. Stay humble, if possible; avoid annoying people unnecessarily, if not.
  5. Most importantly, hold fast to your dreams no matter what.

All I know is, without dreams, why should we keep trying?  And without goals, what would be our motivation?

Our dreams give us purpose.  Our dreams give us meaning.  And best of all, our dreams can give us hope, which is why if you know you’re right — if you know you have the talent, drive, and ability to learn — you shouldn’t let anyone set your dreams aside for anything.

This is why I tell you to persist.  And keep on persisting.  Because persistence plus effort plus willingness to learn is the winning strategy no matter what your dream is — and the only way you can access that strategy is to “keep on keepin’ on” in good times, bad times, and just-plain-mediocre times.


Note: look for my book review of Patricia C. Wrede’s THE FAR WEST over at SBR in the coming days.  (If I’m fortunate, it’ll go up sometime Saturday night/Sunday morning.  If I’m not — if I’m bogged down with the book edits — then it’ll have to be put back to next Thursday or so.)

Written by Barb Caffrey

November 3, 2012 at 3:55 am

Posted in Editing, Persistence