Well Written Days (without a hyphen) was posted on every page of my Web site, in letters big enough for a billboard.
It also happened to be the title of the second post on my blog. Again, without a hyphen.
Turns out, I had quite a few well-written days without the hyphen before I noticed it in a reader’s comment. She described her well-written day with a hyphen. I realized mine was missing the mark.
In the meantime, I wondered if editors had seen it? What about fellow writers I hoped to impress, what if they’d seen it? Or friends stopping by to find out how dedicated I am to my craft? Surely they’d think I wasn’t after seeing the missing hyphen.
I’ve been on overload as far as learning. There’s too much to take in all at once. Editors, colleagues and friends will be less critical, for sure, than I’ve been of myself lately.
If not, they’ll have to take a number while I take my writing and myself less seriously. Not slack, but I definitely need to slow down and be gentler.
All this because of a dash.
How do you handle your mistakes? Do you need to be gentler with yourself?
WRite wHere I’m supposed to be – What if God noticed my mistake, what would he say? I took a guess and figured he may tell me, “It’s as good a way to learn as any, it’s fine practice for lightening up, and it’s an amusing story to boot.” Yep, that sounds about like God.
On the side: Please let me know anytime you see grammatical errors. That way, we can all enjoy well-written posts.