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,



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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