I've been enjoying getting back into the freelance game. I had one published recently, and then I just had another article accepted for a different publication, even though it won't be published until the end of the year. Needless to say, I'm been flying high on the excitement of it all.
A writing friend of mine gave me a good lead for a site. I decided to quickly write up an article - one that's been bouncing around in my head - to send for potential publication. But I made a mistake. I sent it. Too soon.
A part of me knew it when I sent it, but I talked myself into it, trying to get it down before the girls woke up to eat. An hour later, something popped into my mind. I used the wrong word in that article. My heart sank. I know better, and yet, here I am, in this situation.
I didn't send my best work, and I'm sick thinking about it. I was in a hurry to send it. But why? I could've waited until I let it sit for a day or two before I revisited it. But it's too late.
So what do I do now? I figure I have two options.
1. Lower my head and move on, hoping that somehow that email goes to spam and is never seen.
2. Write something much stronger and send it, hoping I haven't ruined the opportunity.
Now that I've made this mistake (again!), I hope I can remember to do better next time. So, learn from my mistake. Never send an article before it's ready. Remember, you only get one first impression.
I'm an adjunct creative writing professor and freelance writer, but I dream of being a published novelist. This is my journey.