Friday, March 27, 2015

Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses

We all know we have them right? We excel in certain areas in our lives and there are issues that remind us we are a work in progress. Hey, we're only human.

But to acknowledge that we need to work on things is the first step. And where we need to keep our egos in check. Nobody's perfect. Lately, I have been reminded where my weaknesses lie and I plan to put my energy toward conquering them. 

Sure our day to day stuff is one aspect, but really, I'm talking about our creative writing strengths and weaknesses. But I believe this pep-talk can affect both. 

One of the things that has always helped me is the years I was a trainer. I realized that no matter what we're learning, we are starting from the beginning. In essence, we are being trained. Whether we are a first time parent, or new on the job, it is a learning curve. As we move along and collect more and more knowledge, we become comfortable in our role, but tend to forget that we are not perfect in that role.

This goes for writing as well.

I have seen articles that state there is no right way or wrong way to write, and I beg to differ. Mainly because, as a reader, I am affected. When I spend my money on a book and find many mistakes, it makes it harder to continue reading and I put it down. 

Now again, I'm not talking about a few little mistakes, I'm talking about creative writing ones, like head hopping and info dump. I know there's never going to be a book with no errors, but when the book is filled with them it makes me want to leave a review and tell the author to take some classes.

Of course, they would become defensive and ignore the jibe, but really if you care about your reader you will realize you need to always work on your craft, even if you have 40 books out there. 

What really concerns me are the younger readers of today who think this is how a book should be written. Sure they like the story, but it does affect their learning. They truly think that the writing is how it should be and that's not the case.

I have seen many writers who faithfully take writing workshops and talk about writing with others in their field. And many of us have critique partners and listen to what they have to say about working on our skills. you should always be working on your craft.  

Discover your strengths and enhance them. Discover the areas where you need to give more attention and learn how to fix them. That's all I'm saying. Until you own up that you aren't the perfect writer and you do have weaknesses, you will always struggle.

I hope my little tips and hints each week help you in your writing endeavor. Anytime you have a question, feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to get to know you and help you on your way. And if you would like to share your favorite tips and what your working on I would love to see them!

Have a great weekend all!

Love, Lisa

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