Slow Down!

Yesterday, I posted about having a draft of a story pretty much lost, and not being able to do much about it (you can read that here.)

While I was going over what happened, as I was writing, I had an interesting thought. I use systems to submit to online magazines, if they tell me to use them.

But I also use email.

Some magazines (and copywriting clients) prefer to have documents sent to them directly, to an email address.

Maybe I’d done that before…

So I logged in, and found out that, yeah, I’d submitted that same story to another magazine. I accessed the attachment–ta-da! Perfect copy, with no feverish typing required.

This presented a problem, since I retooled a partial version of that story yesterday, and sent it off in a rush.

Bad news.

That rush was the problem. If I would have waited for a day or two, I would have submitted the right document, the first time. And since the magazine didn’t mention a deadline, I could have taken that day or so to slow down, sort things out, and generally…

Calm down.

I did something too fast, and I looked uh, interesting in the process.

Long story short, I withdrew the submission I worked on yesterday, and submitted the clean original copy of my story.

I panicked for nothing. Doing things too fast can lead to pain and problems, depending on the situation. And I have no direct control over cyberspace itself (although my thumb drive is another story altogether. Ditto for my backup methods).

How about you? Did you ever rush ahead on a project, only to end up having to retrace your (cyber) steps, and redo things? Drop me a line and let me know.

And make it an awesome weekend too, all right?

Until next time,

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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