Having had over professional sales in the last seven or eight years, I am starting to call myself a writer without feeling like a fraud. To help me make decisions about what other kinds of writing I want to try, I have drawn up a list of my strengths and weaknesses as a writer as honestly as I can.
Here they are, in no particular order:. However, others probably reflect that I mainly write non-fiction, and still others are undoubtedly idiosyncratic.
Still, I offer them for whatever they might be worth. They are not the formula for success of a kind , but I hope they might be interesting as one formula for success.
Found my way back here again. One of your strengths conflicts with what you listed one of your weaknesses. Avoiding weasel words might nonetheless be a good idea as a purely mechanical thing, but I say not at the cost of speaking dishonestly.
For that matter, an awareness of structure and using too many transitions are in conflict, too. Two sides of the coin, as it were. As one trained, in part, in the legal profession, it has long been my observation that one can move mountains with but a few weasels. I know this is an older post, but if this comment makes it to the writer of this post, I just wanted to let you know that i found your information really helpful.
I just started going to college after many years out of school. My first assignment in Eng is to write a journal entry about what I think my strengths and weaknesses are as a writer. Naturally I decided to google strengths and weaknesses of writers and your post was first to pop up! No worries I did not plagiarize your ideas but they definitely gave me tons of stuff to think about and got my thoughts rolling which I needed badly because I was really stuck.
Actually my list is in some ways opposite from yours but the part about being a lover of reading was definitely the same. I just wanted to let you know, even though you wrote this a long time ago, its really good information. Sometimes if you focus on one particular distinguishing image—say, a crack in the upper left-hand corner of the window shaped like Elvis Presley—the whole room comes to life. The thing about this journey I like the most. Every challenge is a fun in itself, and all of those challenges can easily be tackled.
By just pen and paper and you, you can do all your work. I currently have many writing weaknesses, I am struggling with grammar, has way too much of inconsistencies, I can write thousands of words of internal monologue but avoid action at all costs. The last one can be exploited as a strength though. But, to summarise, I am way down the road of this journey and that is humbling. But when I do get some success, I know accepting it is bound to get harder. This came at like exactly the right time for me.
I found this incredibly helpful. I really pay attention to what my critique partners tell me, and if I notice patterns in what they say, I listen and self-analyze. Knowing ones own personality and your own limitations is key.
It really is all about patterns. We all want to become better writers. Figuring out our weaknesses is a practical first step on the road to that goal. My major weakness with my first novel was I repeated myself way too much. Some readers love oodles of description; others skip over it. Might be genre-related, too, e. You might check it out.
I changed an ordinary bed to a four-poster bed which tends to be taller than an ordinary bed , and the scene was then visual. Great points — especially 1. They take over form there. This was the best timing ever! What on earth is wrong with it? I hugged my tablet when I read this. YAY, I can fix my story! I am often amazed at the huge improvements from story to story in hte authors I occasionally critique. All we need to fix the flaws is the tools to do the job.
My weaknesses are as follows: I have scenes that are major, but no minor scenes. Then he fell silent. I have a hard time with things like this — I sometimes feel like every aspect of writing is my weakness. Who wants to read a book that starts like that? So yeah, this article is very interesting and helpful as always , so thanks.
In the beginning, it can be a little overwhelming. Try focusing on just four or five of the major problems to start with. Another post that hits really close to home. My weaknesses are deep POV and self-editing. I spend a great deal of time with both of those as part of finishing a book.
I have high lighters in multiple colors thanks to Margie Lawson. I read through and tag every time I step out of deep POV. This is exactly the sort of conscious process that will help you conquer those weaknesses — and maybe even turn them into strengths!
This article gave me some interesting insight. I was already using a couple of this approaches. My critique partners will nail it every time. That was an eye opener. But we share the process with so many other people, and most of them are struggling and doubting just as much as we are. Never thought of that either, but it is very true! I will say, after working in the business world for the last forty years, writers are a unique group.
We are so willing to share ideas and support one another. The online writing community is an amazing place full of some very amazing people. I say smart […]. Of course writing is no exception. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Helping Writers Become Authors Write your best story. January 24, by K. Tell me your opinion: What are you doing to overcome them? Sign Up Today Sign up to receive K.
January 25, at 5: January 25, at 1: January 25, at 7: January 26, at January 25, at 9: January 25, at Liberty Speidel LibertySpeidel says: January 25, at 2: Some guidelines I try to use do as I say, not necessarily as I do include 1.
- Personal Strengths and Weaknesses What are my personal strengths and weaknesses. When I think about this question, the first thing that comes to mind is a job interview. I, like most people, find this simple question to be the most stressful moment of any interview.
TIP Sheet HOW TO STRUCTURE AN ESSAY: AVOIDING SIX MAJOR WEAKNESSES IN PAPERS. Writing a paper is a lot like painting your house: the bulk of the work is in the preparation–scraping, sanding, cleaning, applying primer.
Throughout the year, I have changed and recognized my strengths and weaknesses as a writer, my strategies and my progression, and what has caused change and the change to come. My strengths, weaknesses, and preferences as a writer have changed and have been recognized in my eighth grade year. Having had over professional sales in the last seven or eight years, I am starting to call myself a writer without feeling like a fraud. To help me make decisions about what other kinds of writing I want to try, I have drawn up a list of my strengths and weaknesses as a writer.
Personal Strengths and weaknesses Writing about my personal strengths is a challenging task that requires me to focus on the strong points that make up my character. While, however; speaking on my weaknesses, tend not to be such a problematical task. Jul 03, · Writing isn't easy. People seem to think that writing is something that's inborn. I'd hate to tell you this, but writing takes time to develop. Sure some people look like naturals when it comes to writing. However, even the writer who is gifted or talented has strengths and weaknesses. No writer is born perfect. It's.