Saturday, January 15, 2011

Blog Chain: Strengths and Weaknesses

Blog chain time! This round's question comes from Sandra. She asked:

What do you think your strengths and weaknesses as a writer are? Did you have to develop your strengths, or did they come naturally to you? How are you trying to overcome your weaknesses?

Well, based on my inability to get my posts done on time, I'd have to say that my biggest weakness is procrastination. But I think that's more of a character flaw and doesn't really count as a writing weakness. :(

Excluding things like not being able to write without editing and being easily distracted by shiny blog posts and emails, my biggest weakness as a writer is probably description. Any scene that is heavy on description is hard for me to make myself write. And I usually end up with too little description to make the scene clear. To overcome this, I read books and blog posts on writing settings and creative ways to show my characters. And I do a lot of rewriting. I don't know if I'll ever be totally comfortable writing description.

My biggest strength is probably dialogue. I think, to a point, this comes naturally to me. Sadly, this is most likely because I spend way too much time in my head coming up with awesome comebacks and more satisfying conclusions for conversations that have already ended. And I've had to work some to improve it and make it more realistic, but it's probably what I enjoy writing the most.

So what about you? What are your strengths and weaknesses as a writer?

Be sure to check out Christine's awesome post before mine and Kat's post after. :)


  1. I couldn't tell you what my strengths are but my weaknesses shine bright. :P

  2. I would probably say my weakness lies in not having my characters show enough emotion, so the reader can more readily develop a connection with them.

    I've been told plotting, and dialogue are my strengths. :)

  3. Oooo, you're a brave soul. I definitely am not good at dialogue, and I really admire anyone who is :)