Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Some days, just stay in bed

Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. I received an assignment from a new client last Friday. He needed the copy turned around by Monday, which I did. I thought I did a pretty good job. He, however, sent me a nice e-mail saying "it wasn't what I was looking for." I wasn't sure what to do, so I sent him a note and asked if he wanted me to rewrite it. No response.

So this morning I got up and rewrote the copy entirely and e-mailed it to him. He had promised me a lot of work if this panned out, so I am pretty disappointed. However, I learned a few valuable lessons. I am not going to start projects without more clear direction and an outline that I send to the client rather than guess I know what I'm doing then find out it's not what the client envisioned.

Next, I'm not going to get discouraged. I did; it really threw me because I know I can write copy, especially on the subject matter, which of course would have bored the pants off most writers nor would they have been able to write two pages on the topic because it's highly technical.

When these things happen, my mind goes back to the believable lie, the "I can't do anything right" one. I have to fight that like crazy, because the reality is if I get into that thinking, I am tempted to give up.

Tornado-like winds have been swirling around us here in Mid-Missouri. The sirens went off for awhile, but I bravely continued shopping. There is little that gets between a hardy shopper and her goal--more stuff.

So until tomorrow, I feel better just writing this. Send a "hey" to the universe that my business keeps on rolling, because I'm a little discouraged right now.


lushgurl said...

My sponsor told me once "If what you planned doesn't work out, it's because God has a better plan for you..."
I hope the winds blow gently by, leaving a clear path for you to follow!

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

it takes time to figure out work relationships. people get caught out all the time. its easily done.
It happens to some of the biggest companies and keeps the courts in business!
so don't worry. you're just human. thats all.

rome wasn't built in a day. keep on keepin on. you'll get there!

SCoUt said...

I hear ya and I hope you are better today. Retail therapy--even in the midst of a tornado--works wonders sometimes, huh?

Meg Moran said...

I hate him..he's a jerk...you on the other hand are perfect in every way.

Please let me know if our position changes.

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

Go kick some ? BUTT out there in that world of freelance journalism ? (or whatever it is!)

Go for it 2dogs! Show em your teeth!