This week I responded to a request for comments on Facebook about a new e-book that’s come out by Jeff Goins. As I mentioned in last week’s blog, What Makes a Writer a Writer, I found his blog post last week very helpful and encouraging. Naturally I was happy to make a favorable comment!

My comment contained part of my blog post which I quickly copied into the comment box. I added a couple of quick rearranged sentences in the opening and pressed “share.” Only after hitting the button did I think that perhaps I should have edited it…

“Naw, I didn’t write much. It’s fine,” I thought.

Besides, I was in such a hurry.

Later that evening I received a text from a friend: “You might want to change a word you wrote on Facebook.”


I raced to open my Facebook page with dread in my stomach. The sinking feeling was warranted.

“Last year, I decided to take righting seriously…” the glaring misspelling pointed all of my Facebook world to how seriously I’d been taking writing!

I laughed so hard.

A year ago I would have melted in a puddle of mortified embarrassment, but after seeing my error, I posted another comment about my silly mistake with an “lol.”

I hope that means I’ve grown as a writer. Fear of failure, not being good enough, insecurity and fear of rejection have been constant companions over the years of picking up and putting down my literary projects. The other night I bid them farewell with a shake of my bemused head.

Mistakes, frustration, critique and rejection mark the life of a writer so I expect all of those including hours of writing and re-writing to populate my days. But, hopefully my attitude becomes more gracious and professional as the days pass. Write?







8 thoughts on “Oops

  1. Hi Laura

    I did notice your error too and thought ‘Oh No, she must be mortified” It makes me feel better that experienced writers like yourself make errors sometimes and can laugh them off! Our first writers group meeting for the Peninsula is this Sunday and we have a possible 6 people coming, so I am excited!


    1. Thanks for giving me the title experienced writer, Miriam! Mistakes are part of life. I’m reading a book by a more experienced writer than I, and I’ve found a few–it made me feel better too πŸ™‚ I’m thrilled about your first writers’ group! Way to jump in. I’d love to know how it goes.


  2. That was a fun post Laura. Plus, whin you make a misteak riting you make us litle pepil feel better ; )


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