What are your strengths and weakness as a writer?
You might look at:
How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 – 10?
How do others see you?
Then, what about:
But then there’s also:
And even within the elements there are sub-characteristics, such as for Character:
And the same with all the other basics, they can all be broken down to deeper levels.
I spend a lot of time looking for what I’m missing in my writing: action, description, clarity, flow. I also look in critiques for what others see as weaknesses: consistency, excess commas, murky wording. I’m trying to improve my writing, trying to make it better, stronger.
Like a musician, trying to improve his upper range to even his tone quality through the entire range. Or a pitcher working on his curve ball so that his fastball will be even more effective.
But there’s value in doing the opposite. In determining what you to best and emphasizing it.
- Writing powerful interactions if you write dialogue well.
- Building your story around tortured, complex characters if you are good at understanding and presenting them.
- Offering inspired settings and descriptions of landscapes and peoples if that always reaches your readers.
Playing to your strengths. Like Shaquille O’Neal who never became a decent free throw shooter. Or a trumpet player not worrying about his high notes because his strength is in his improvisation and ingenuity like Miles Davis. In a jazz big band the highest notes are written for the lead trumpet but solos often go to the second or fourth trumpet, where the strongest improviser sits.
So, where do you sit? What are your strengths and weaknesses?