If you are a creative writer, there is something you do very well – and probably more than one thing. To bolster your confidence so that you may write with assertiveness, focus on these things.
What are your creative writing strengths?
- Plot – Maybe you can outline a great story. Storytellers will always be in demand.
- Character – You give your people unique quirks, both physical and psychological. They are interesting, real, and alive.
- Scene – If Plot is the macro, then Scene is the micro. Getting the individual scenes is vital, and good for you if you can do it.
- Environment – The details of the room or a sky, and not the frivolous ones, but details that help tell the story.
- Dialogue – Making sure everyone speaks in accordance their personality, and not all sounding like how the author talks. Also, including great dialogue that reveals character and shows relationships is a wonderful skill to have.
- Intertextuality, Part One – What kind of story is it? For example is it a Faust type of story, or a Grail Quest, or something else?
- Intertextuality, Part Two – If you’re writing a Faust tale, is it Marlowe or Goethe, or is it “Raisin In The Sun”? Is your Grail Quest a 12th century Romance or more like The Natural?
- Strong Beginning – You’ll never write a good page turner if they don’t want to turn past the first page.
- Memorable Ending – If you let your reader down in the end, they’ll never become a fan.
- Consistent Middle – One of the hardest things to do is to properly build tension throughout the middle. What a great strength to have.
- Humor – If you can make your reader laugh, you have a friend as well as a fan.
- Drama – If you tug on heartstrings and solicit tears, you’ll create an emotional band with your reader that is hard to break.
Some might insist that ignoring your deficits is like putting your head in the sand. But I’m not saying you should ignore your weaknesses. Just don’t let the lesser developed parts of your writing skills detract your mind from what you do so well.
Focusing on your weakness as a writer my freeze your creativity and contribute to the dreaded writer’s block. Looking instead at your strengths will charge your batteries, put wind in your sails, add some starch to your stride, or any other sort of positive metaphor you would like to use.
And just as harping on your downies might freeze you up, enjoying your uppies will free you up. You’ve got the confidence to keep on writing, which is really the only way for you to improve upon your weaknesses – writing and re-writing, listening to others who have read it, and re-writing again. Not only will this develop your underdeveloped areas, but by the exercise of your craft you can further strengthen your already mighty skills that even now serve as the tip of the spear.
What are your strengths? Share in the Comment section below.