Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks their readership a simple question to answer on your blog. Once you answer, you link your blog in the comments for other readers to hop on board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.

Today's topic: What's the biggest writing / querying / publishing mistake you've made?

Oi. I've been writing for a loooong time which means there's a long bucket list of things never to do again.

  • Like writing a 100K YA contemporary,
  • Or being too cocky in a query letter,
  • Or not doing proper agent research.

These are just a few of my many mistakes.

But the biggest one of all has to be when I took every single piece of feedback my crit group gave me. This is the same crit group that birthed Nemesis, so that I listened to everything they said is crazy. Doing this added another 3 years on getting my WIP back on track*. I was so intent on everyone liking my writing that I forgot to listen to my instinct. I won't be making that mistake ever again.

Have you had a similar experience? What's the biggest mistake you made in your journey?

* I'm happy to announce that it IS back on track. Finally. *confetti shower*

Last.fm hit of the day: Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath