I see a lot of bloggers making lists of things pertaining to writing. I’ve seen To Do lists and lists of Goals, short ones and long-term. So let’s play. I’ll see your List and raise you two! First, I’ll name 5 of my strengths as a writer, and next, I’ll reveal 5 areas in which I need improvement. Mind you, there are way more than five in this category, but I’ll keep it simple. Who wants to read long lists, anyway?
My 5 Strengths as a Writer
- I write good dialogue.
- I can write dialogue without tags.
- I write nice descriptions.
- I create likable characters.
- I use correct grammar.
My 5 Weaknesses as a Writer
- I fizzle out in the middle of a story.
- I am never satisfied with a ms.
- I spend too much time perfecting and tweaking instead of moving on.
- My plots for long works are poorly developed.
- I get discouraged easily.
Seeing my weaknesses in print helps me to pinpoint problem areas. Now if I could just get motivated to do something about those weaknesses, I’d be a step ahead. I wrote this last list without thinking too much in advance. I just got them down as the ideas popped into my head. Upon studying the items, it’s clear that numbers 1 and 4 are closely related, as are numbers 2 and 3. That would certainly bring number 5 into the picture. If I can’t finish something, of course I’m going to become discouraged. Duh.
This little blog post has turned out to be quite revealing. Why don’t you try it? You may see some correlation in the lists, just as I did. You’ll be your own writing coach, and it won’t cost you $75 an hour.