Much of my news writing is done via email. Most times, people write better than the speak…and I don’t have to take notes so fast. It gives me the leisure to write it up at the dining room table.
But every so often, I need to go out to an event. Other freelancers I speak with (and a few editors) tell me to show up, get the basics, get out then write it up. But I can’t do that. Paranoia – as always – compels me to stay. What if something happens? Something big? Then I mindlessly submit my story and look like an idiot.
I’m convinced that I’ll be the guy who ducks out early from Ambassador Hotel just before Robert Kennedy say’s “My thanks to all of you and now it’s on to Chicago and let’s win there…”
However, I’m just covering a simple story that will earn me a little check and be forgotten…but just in case, I’ll be there to the end.