I used to write a lot for a history magazine. In fact, pay from the magazine and the website constituted the bulk of my income at the time. One assignment was to write about an old-fashioned country store. I did the research, wrote the article, it was published. Done.
But then a reader contacted the magazine, telling them that I had ascribed a quote to the wrong poet. And I had.
The mistake didn’t change my relationship with the editor, but it did change my thoughts about my infallability as a fact-checking author. I was embarrassed . . . mortified, really. And there wasn’t a damn thing I could do about it. Except do better next time.
Why am I telling you the story? Because I want you to know that no matter how successful you are, or how many articles or books you’ve written, you’ll still make mistakes. Don’t let them stop you from writing.