Here on WordPress there are a few blogs which offer great advice on writing dos and don’ts. As a somewhat new writer, I have grown to appreciate the advice they give and I try to apply it as much as possible.
Today however, I discovered a “writer’s don’t” that I had to learn on my own. In fact, this “don’t” has caused me to spend well over one minute on this sentence alone. What is it, you ask? Drugs. Now, before the rumor mill gets moving too quickly, they were dentist prescribed, not illegal.
For a day job, I am a freelance copywriter. It’s a fun gig where I get to choose my own hours and even how much I want to be paid. Best of all, I get to work from home. Today, as most days, I wrote an article for my main client. Drugged up and ready to go, the article was written, proofread and submitted. After hitting ‘submit’, I decided to proofread it again.
Immediately upon reading it, I asked myself, “Who wrote this?”. Within the content were three grammar mistakes and the word “On” sitting completely alone on top of the page.
If that wasn’t bad enough, I then had to top it off with this email to my client:
“Please accept my apologies for this job. Prior to writing this content, I had just returned from the dentist’s office where they put me on a substantial dose of vicodin……If you would like me to revise this, I will gladly correct the errors and resubmit this job to you…. I should have postponed writing this until after my medication wore off. Therefore once again, I apologize.”
Never before have I had to send an email to a client, or anyone for that matter, apologizing for being on drugs. But, as ‘they’ say, there’s a first time for everything. Hopefully, this will also be the last.
Lesson for today – Don’t use drugs and write. It may not be illegal, but it should be. Take it from me.
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