The quest for the perfect column

First Posted: 5/14/2009

Every week Im faced with the same unavoidable task. It lingers in my mind, and I try to remind myself to take care of it as soon as possible, but its so hard.
As much as I love writing I cant always come to terms with sitting down and writing my column.
It just doesnt always come to me as easily as I would like.
Im not used to being the center of attention, I enjoy telling other peoples stories, not my own. But the column is the place where Im suppose to set aside formal reporting and news writing techniques and reveal my inner thoughts to you.
Well, Im a little short on ideas this week.
I couldve written a follow-up column about reading Twilight by Stephenie Meyers as I mentioned I started doing a few weeks ago.
But I have to be honest, I cheated.
I made it to chapter 6 and skipped to the movie, which was pretty much what I expecteda big fat yawn.
Yes, despite various warnings by Twilight fans at work, I didnt finish the book before I watched the movie. However, I do plan to finish the book…eventually.
So theres not much to say until I actually start reading the book again.
See, Im not the only one at work who struggles with writing columns, one of my co-workers put together a little game where whatever number we pick reveals what our column has to be about. I ended up with weather. I dont even like talking about weather in meaningless chit chat. So, I was still helpless.
Ive thought of a few other topics I couldve written about, but being a reporter and all, many of those things fell under off record and top secret, so I still came up short.
So please forgive me for what appears to be a rather meaningless column, I plan to return next week with something more insightful, so please stay tuned.
Erin C. Perkins is a staff reporter for the Mount Airy News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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