If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time you know I make mistakes.
My spelling is, well, creative to put a good spin on it.
I’ve sent out the newsletter with wrong links and made a hash of headlines. And sometimes my grammar would make an English teacher shudder.
On the other hand there are over 1,300 articles here, most of which are pretty decent. There is in fact, a wealth of information about the freelance writing game.
The information is solid even with the mistakes and for the most part I’ve gotten the errors corrected. And most of my readers appreciate that fact – they often say so.
If I’d been unwilling to make mistakes this blog wouldn’t be here.
It was a long time ago when I recognized I was better off making a decision, even if it was wrong, than spending a whole lot of time dithering. The world does not end because I’m wrong. In truth, when I’m wrong the world hardly notices.
The same thing is true about mistakes.
When we let the fear of making a mistake stop us nothing gets done.
If we let fear of making mistakes stop us from writing, well, nothing will get written.
It seems almost too obvious to say, but if you don’t get something written you never ever will be published or be able to earn your living as a freelance writer.
I count my willingness to make mistakes one of my biggest assets simply because that willingness let’s me get a whole lot done.
Which isn’t to say I like making mistakes; I don’t. I simply accept the fact that if I’m doing something, including writing, I’ll make some.
None of us were born knowing how to write for a living. None of us were born knowing how to blog or write a book or draft an article or create a poem or a novel.
In order to get any of those things done we’ve had to learn, to be willing to take baby steps as we practice our craft. We’ve had to be willing to make mistakes so we can continue to move forward.
Come to think of it, the same thing applies to lots of what goes on in our lives. Mistakes seem to be part of life’s very fabric.
Where are you letting the fear of mistakes stop you? What are you going to do about it?
Write well and often,