I’m sitting here on a lazy Sunday afternoon, drinking coffee and thinking. I touch on my writing a lot on the blog. I write about my successes and my dreams. Its time I write about my failures. I was lucky enough to have an article posted with Only in Your State. They have been gracious enough to let me write for them. I’m proud of myself because it is a wider audience and I successfully pitched myself, But the first article had a bumpy start.
I’m excited to see the article up and published, but I made some rookie mistakes on it. It all comes down to me being careless and not checking on things. I know better than this, and am disappointed in myself. I need to be more thorough with my editing. Especially as my writing becomes more available to a wider audience.
All I have as a writer is my reputation. I need to ensure that the writing presented is perfect. Less than that is unacceptable. No article should be pushed forward unpolished, even if that means waiting longer. My personality is prone to impatience, but I need to temper it. My drive to become a full time author, causes me to rush. Yet by rushing things, I am only pushing myself further back.
So it is a bitter sweet experience for me. My piece is up for the general public to see, but I wasn’t on point. I’m kicking myself, but I also recognize the need to take the lesson and move forward. There is not too much I can do now other than pick up and learn from my experience. There is no use dwelling, but I will take this rough lesson and learn from it.
I want that respect as a writer, but I need to earn it.