I Just Got the Email All Freelance Writers Dread

As freelance writers, our livelihood depends on delivering quality content that clients will love and, hopefully, tell other people about. I’ve always taken pride in knowing that clients love my work. I’ve never really had anyone complain or say that they couldn’t use my work.

Today I got an email from a client saying that she couldn’t use it. Her reasons were viable. She wasn’t just being bitchy. I looked back on what I’d delivered and cringed. Did I really hand that in?

Apparently I did.

I screwed up the tenses. I missed an error that just doesn’t read right. And I doubted whether I should have taken the job or not in the first place.

Here’s what I’m going to take from this:

  1. Listen to your gut. If you don’t think you should take the job for whatever reason, don’t take it.
  2. Don’t deliver work late at night when you’ve just completed it. You’re tired and your brain likely isn’t picking up on things you would have otherwise.
  3. Don’t rush it. If you’re rushing, you’re going to miss things.
  4. Don’t edit tired. Or immediately after writing something. Give it a day at least.
  5. There’s always room to improve.
  6. No one is perfect.

It’s still fresh and hurting but I’m going to try to move on today and just do better.

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