What are your writing strengths? (It's high time we celebrated them!)
As writers, we often spend a lot of time dissecting and criticizing our work.
We're also no strangers to doubts and insecurities, as we discussed in last week's video and blog post. But just how often do we acknowledge or even relish in what we're doing well? Friends, it's well past time we started celebrating our writing strengths!
Today, I challenge you to think about where your writing strengths lie — and then share them with the world. You can do so in a blog post or a video, in the comments below this article, or over on social media. Wherever you feel most comfortable.
So, are you up to the challenge? Don't worry, I'll kick things off by sharing a few of my own writing strengths first. You can can catch them in today's video below or over on Youtube, or you can scroll to read through a written summary. Let's go!
Sharing My Writing Strengths...
#1: I'm confident in my plotting.
I absolutely love exploring plot and character arcs. I love dissecting them in the stories I read, learning about new structures and delving deeper into the ones I'm already aware of, and — most of all — incorporating these structures into my own stories. I think I've grown to do this pretty well!
(I've also shared a lot about plot and character arcs here on the blog on if you'd to check those articles out for more info!)
#2: I have a strong critical eye for revisions and editing.
As much as I despise drafting, I adore revising and editing.
I tend to be very critical and am often good at viewing my own work through an objective lens. What I've learned of the craft of writing so far goes a long way toward helping me see exactly what isn't working with my storytelling and prose so I can rework my stories into something far better.
And it certainly doesn't hurt that I love cleaning up messes. I'll take revisions any day, please!
#3: All theme, none of the preaching!
I grew up on a steady diet of Christian fiction books, and one of the things I didn't enjoy about many of them was the way their authors simply couldn't discuss a theme (such as guilt, shame, redemption, etc.) without smacking readers over the head with a message.
Oh no, my friend! They always had to include a *literal* preaching scene in which a pastor or a well-respected church member monologues about the book's message, treating readers as if they're incapable of putting two and two together.
Needless to say, those books taught me NOT to assume your readers are too dim to read between the lines. I've made a special effort to avoid this in my own stories, instead revealing my thematic statements via the ways in which my characters' arcs play out.
#4: I'm too stubborn to give up on my writing dreams.
I want to be a writer. And I am. But I also want to be a published writer, and better yet, a writer for whom writing is a career. And I'm just too hardheaded not to see that dream through.
In my time online, I've seen so many writers lose faith in their stories after facing countless rejections throughout their publishing process. Too many have assumed that rejection must mean they aren't good enough to cut it in this industry, and they've given up.
I don't want to be that writer, and I won't be. It's not just sheer determination that spurs me on; I've frequently been labelled "tenacious" on my better days, "pigheaded" on my worst, and "stubborn" every day in between.
I'm not giving up on my writing dream, and that's already half the battle.
#5: I have writing endurance.
I often times struggle to find the motivation to write, but I do it anyway. My tenacity isn't reserved simply for the publishing process; it's alive and kicking in my daily writing life as well.
Because I often have trouble getting started, maintaining a daily writing routine (a.k.a. a Write Chain à la Faye Kirwin) has proven to be immensely helpful as I work to make forward progress on my projects.
In fact, I've now written at least 200 words or worked on a manuscript for at least 10 minutes every day for over 900 days straight! Oftentimes, all I need is that push to get started to overcome my lack of motivation, and soon enough I'll find my groove.
(Interested in building your own daily writing routine? You can click here to learn more about how I made it happen!)