My marketing efforts were finally starting to pay off. In the last few months, I’d been offered a steady stream of freelance writing work including copy-writing services, print magazine articles and lifestyle blog posts. I spent hours on each project, making sure that everything was perfect. The clients often gave praise and were eager for more. Suddenly, I was working 12 hours a day — sometimes even on weekends.
I thought I was doing great professionally, despite starting to feel a bit run-down physically.
Then one day, an editor asked if I could write an emergency 600-word piece to be published online within 3 hours. This was much faster than I was used to as my perfectionist routine included writing, proofreading, editing and re-editing. Still, I knew the subject well and really wanted to impress this new client. So, I accepted.
I wrote the piece, did a quick read-through and nervously sent it in by the deadline. Read more →