I've been thinking about mistakes I've made so while persuing a writing career, and I realized something.
Our mistakes can be more useful to us than our successes--they not only teach us how to think critically and ask the right questions, they teach us how to grow.
My question for this chain is:
What is the best mistake you've made so far in your journey as a writer? How has that mistake helped you grow :)?
This past year, I've made some royal mistakes, which I'd like to share for the edification of all ;):
1) Write down names, things, and places! When writing a fantasy novel, you're bound for forget all of the crazy stuff you named as you went. Was it Sepharith or Sephorath? Castill or Cavills? Oh, geez, I have no idea, and the search function can't help if I don't know what I'm looking for!
What I learned: Create a glossary as you go! It will help immensely down the road.
2) Don't go it alone! Find some people whose writing you know is as good or better than your own (this part is important), and then ask them to please read your book and give you feedback.
What I learned: There are some things we are blind to, because we are just too close. Always ask for feedback, from several places if possible!
3) Take your time! Don't query too soon, and don't assume your book is finished before it is.
What I learned: If you're not completely sick of your own writing, you obviously haven't revised enough! ;) It's worth it in the long run.
What have you learned this year or decade from your Best Mistakes?
Don't miss Kate's answer, coming up next!