Are You Worried About Messing Up?

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2016.So was I.

Trying to learn all I could about each step in the publishing process was how I dealt with this worry. But, you know what? I still have stuff to learn. After publishing 8 ebooks this year, I’m still learning.

Why am I telling you this? So you’ll know that it is okay to learn along the way, rather than wasting as much time as I did trying to learn everything. Technology changes so frequently that, once the basics are learned, it is okay to jump right in. To not learn every single thing before you begin. Feel free to wing it.

So do it. Finish writing that book, setting up that blog, creating that ecourse, or whatever it is you’re afraid of messing up. And remember, it is okay to make mistakes.

Making mistakes is its’ own education. You get to figure out something real, not some perceived thing you may not need in the first place. If you’re publishing an ebook for the first time, go ahead and read that guide on how to do so, but then jump in and get your feet wet. If you want to start a blog, join a 30 day challenge for beginner bloggers and do the work. Don’t wait. Get started.

Go ahead and make mistakes. We all do. But make note of how you fix each so you’ll have the information if it happens again, and keep going.

And don’t forget to reward yourself when you meet an important goal, no matter how big or small the goal may be. This will help you to stay motivated.

What are you worried about messing up? Share with us in the comments so we can offer support and encouragement, or email me personally at I always respond, and love hearing from you.

Shannon L. Buck

About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.