The Two Things I Learned about Writing

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As a writer, I pride myself in coming up with excellent content for my clients. I admit I boast a sense of confidence when I say that I’m pretty good in writing because I have to. If I don’t feel good about my writing, then what kind of writer would I be.

I must also admit that writers are prone to errors – lots of them. Simple mistakes like grammar, sentence constructions, prepositions, and others can pile up and make your article horrible. I’ve had my fair share even at this point, but mistakes were something of a common thing for writers early in their careers.

When I started out writing fresh out of college, I worked for an outsourcing company that wanted reviews about their products and services. With limited writing experience, I just did the best to my abilities. However, as a newbie writer in a ruthless profession, clients can chew you and spit you out without remorse.

Before the week ended, one of my reviews got criticized by the customer. He didn’t like the writing and the expressions used. To be honest, I forgot the things that he didn’t like about it. I was utterly shocked at that point. Before that day, he liked the word I was producing. It was only after that review that he soured out on me. At the end of my shift, I found out that I was let go by the client.

This totally bummed me out. Technically, I was still part of the company, and they will look for another client that I will manage. Regardless, it sucks that my first client dropped me after a week of working for him.

The next day, I tried to figure out what exactly went wrong. I bought a cheap book about speed writing in the hopes of improving my writing. As an aside, it turns out the book is terrible – you get what you pay for, apparent. I also watched Ice Age 2 in the movies that day to get my mind off my failure. It was just me the whole day, wandering at different stores at a modern mall in the country, asking myself the same question:

What the hell did I do wrong?

If I stumbled upon my old self that time, I’d probably bring myself to a nearby bar, pass him a Guinness or Paulaner, and give this answer to his question:

Abso-fucking-lutely nothing.

Throughout my years of writing, there are only two types of client: the right one for you, and the not-so-right one.

I’ve seen writers who may not be as skillful but are making a killing with the right client. There are other writers who I think are much better than I am, but have to encounter a client who will pay them the amount they deserve.

I also found out that the client was difficult to deal with. There was also a writer who worked under him and was let go after a day. While it doesn’t necessarily make me feel better, it just drives home the point that he’s not the client I should be working for.

Also, I say this with the knowledge that I’m not the best writer ever. I know my limitations as a writer, so I simply can’t expect everyone to take me as their writer. There are lots of variables that need to be considered by me as a writer and a client.

What I’m trying to say is (and this is the first lesson that I’ve kept to heart throughout my years of writing):

There is nothing wrong in what I did. Failure is a part of the experience towards greatness. After all, one cannot appreciate greatness if they don’t know the feeling of defeat.

At the same time, it’s not necessarily the client’s fault, either. It’s just a whirlwind of circumstance, luck, timing all rolled into one.

Ultimately, this is not what defined me as a writer. What defines me are the things I’m doing right now – writing on this blog. Writing for better-paying clients. Writing for my life.

So what’s the second? I’ll share it on my next post.

What do you think? What are the best lessons you learned as a writer? Share them below and let’s talk about it!

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Christopher Jan Benitez

Freelance writer and content marketer by profession. CEO of GoSmrk, a boutique digital agency that focuses on helping online businesses by using the latest and best growth hacking techniques. Magical Tumbong is a place where he vents out about non-work related matters.

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