Today we are getting serious on the blog. As part of the TWCT blog chain this month, I’m talking all about my greatest strength and weakness as a writer. And I think it’s going to be hard to talk about both, because I still feel that as a writer I’m not completely grounded in what I know about my skills yet. My writing is always changing, and so are my strengths and weaknesses.
My Greatest Writing Weakness
I’ll start with my greatest weakness so I can end on a positive note, okay?
I censor myself too much. By censoring, I don’t mean not using curse words and other things because I wouldn’t do that anyway. No, I mean censoring myself when it comes to pouring myself wholeheartedly into my writing. The thought that someone will be reading my writing is always nagging at the back of my mind, and a lot of times, it stops me from fully pouring all of my emotion into my writing. I start questioning myself, and changing my writing based on what an audience would think of it. This isn’t really a direct decision that I make. Instead, it’s more of a subconscious thing that creeps through my writing. I know that readers connect the most to writing that is completely raw and honest (hello, Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire!), but it’s not easy to write like that.
My Greatest Writing Strength
And I’m ending off on a good note. Yay!
I’d like to think that I have a wonderful imagination. I’ve never really struggled with finding ideas to write down, which is probably why I rarely struggle from writer’s block. I always have a million ideas running through my head, and more often than not, the problem becomes finding out which idea to pursue next. I just want to write all of the ideas NOW, you know? And it’s not only with actual writing piece ideas that my imagination helps. It’s also with my goals. I’m a pretty ambitious writer, and I have huge dreams that I’m always chasing after. My dreams grow constantly and I’m definitely not afraid to jump right in and pursue them. I’m not sure why, but for some reason, failure in writing scares me much less than failure in other areas of my life.
So, what is your greatest writing weakness? Strength? Oh, and before you go, make sure to check out the rest of the bloggers in the chain.
Tuesday May 5th — The Little Engine That Couldn’t
Wednesday May 6th — Ariel Kalati, Writer
Friday May 8th — Galloping Free
Saturday May 9th — Miriam Joy Writes
Sunday May 10th — The Ramblings of Aravis
Wednesday May 13th — Light and Shadows
Friday May 15th — Musings from Neville’s Navel
Saturday May 16th — The World of the Writer
Tuesday May 19th — Butterflies of the Imagination
Wednesday May 20th — Introspection Creative
Friday May 22nd — Spellbound
Sunday May 24th — Unikke Lyfe
Monday May 25th — The Long Life of a Lifelong Fangirl
Wednesday May 27th — Against the Shadows
Friday May 29th — Teens Can Write, Too, announcing June’s chain