Thursday, May 26, 2011

Blog Chain: The Good Stuff

Blog chain time again. This round was started by Michelle H. She wants us to:

Be positive! Name some of the positive aspects of your writing — be it a compliment from a mentor, friend or crit partner to anything special you learned concerning your writing skills.

This was way harder than it should've been. I could spend hours telling you the things I need to improve on, but to actually point out the positives is a whole other situation. Not that I think I'm a bad writer. If that were the case, I would've quit long ago.

Okay, I'll give this a try.

I've been told by several people that my dialogue is good and feels natural.  Also, after much research and experimenting I've started to feel like I have a handle on the concept of voice (not that I could explain it to anyone else) and I've had a few compliments on that.


I'm a very detail-oriented person (aka crazy perfectionist) so my writing is usually pretty clean when it comes to grammar and punctuation--even my rough drafts.

And I think that's enough about me. :)

What about all of you? What are some of the positive aspects of your writing? Don't be shy. ;)

Be sure to check out Christine's post from yesterday and Kat's post tomorrow.


  1. Capturing voice is such a great thing, and so hard to talk about. I've never considered it, but perhaps I will now. Great post!

  2. I think this is a great idea for a post, and we really do need to celebrate the areas we've made strides in. Good for you!

    For me I would say my plotting and pacing is pretty solid. :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Mse

  3. Those are great positives! It is important to recognize your strengths and remind yourself that you have them. I think I'm good at dialog too. I'm pretty good at creating characters also.

  4. Wow. I think a clean rough draft is a HUGE accomplishment. I am terrible with grammar - it takes me several round of edits to get mine even semi-clean:)

  5. Yeah, I'm pretty clean usually on my rough drafts too. In fact, it's really hard for me NOT to go back and fix things when I mistype. I think you should put in more positives about yourself though. Acknowledge them. You strive hard to be as talented a writer as you are, so allow yourself a little celebration ;)

  6. I'm with Michelle H.

    Getting your voice down is probably one of the toughest things a writer has to do.

    Great post!