My first writing mistake was not sending an article from my MA thesis to Louise DeSalvo who was publishing a book titled Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work. She heard me read from my essay at the Women’s Studies Association conference in Seattle and asked for a copy. It was out to a journal. I thought it would be better if it was published on its own rather than just be mentioned in a book. I was wrong.
My second writing mistake was believing that just because an acquisitions editor liked my novel and wanted to publish it meant that it was in fact going to be published. I even put it on my Vita for a while. I was wrong.
My third writing mistake was not understanding that I was being offered writing jobs from movie producers and TV writers at a Robert McKee workshop. Three jobs! Nobody actually came right out and said it, but that’s what they were. I was so naïve I thought we were just chatting. I was wrong.
I’ve made more, but at a job interview once (I got that job), I was asked to name three strengths and two weaknesses. I’ve already named three big mistakes, so I’ll stop with those before I get too embarrassed.
Now it’s your turn. Come on. I know you’ve made some.