by Whitney Riggs
You can stop holding your breath now. My priorities have begun to smooth out a bit (knock on wood).
I'm starting to realize that all those little hints teachers dropped to me throughout my 22 years of schooling are actually quite useful: Stay organized. Use your time wisely. Don't procrastinate. Who would have thought? I could have skipped doing homework all those years and just remembered these three little sentences!
Rebecca, the managing editor, decided last week I need to come to Indy only once a week, and the rest of my work could be done from home. Gas money now can be spent on food, and I can pick up more shifts at work. I also finally opened up my Italian book and read all 147 pages of it. In the midst of all this, I'm starting to write a steady flow of articles for the magazines.
Yet, I have my worries.
With all these articles I am supposed to complete, I have started to question my ability as a writer. Am I talking to the right sources? Do I have enough time until the deadline? And most of all, what if I mess up?
These questions hang over my head constantly because everything is so new. No, this is not the first time I have written a story. I have written hundreds of pieces for classes and even some articles for the IU newspaper. But when you actually write for a well-known publication many people will read besides your own professor and college roommate, things get scary.
Until recently, I never understood why my Mom was stressed when she came home from a long day at work. I realize now she must have had her worries, too.
- ▼ June (4)