Write with confidence when you discover your strength

Identify what you’re good at and grow stronger.

That’s right. We stand a little taller and walk with confidence when we’re proud of something. So play to your strong stuff.

It’s also important to think about our weaknesses.

Me, my biggest weakness is tenses. I mix up the present and past tense all the time. Can’t help it so I’ve learned to accept this as a flaw and seek out help from grammar experts. Oh spelling, I’m terrible at spelling. Thank God for spell check.

A strength, imagination. I have a vivid imagination. Some of the crap that pops in my mind would get me committed to a state institution if I shared it all. LOL

But another weakness I have is finishing the damn story.

I’ve dozens of story starts, but like a coon dog with a good nose, I run off every time the wind blows a scent my way. There are dozens of files on my computer and several notebooks lying around with story ideas. Sigh…

So how does knowing all of this help make me a better writer?

We can write to our strengths if we know what they are.

In the article below by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod suggests that once we identify our weaknesses we can find workarounds or get help.

Becoming a writer: Why knowing your strengths and weaknesses MATTERS  by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod

She gives a long list to get you started. I’ve shared a couple of my weakness and strengths, now what about you?

After you read her article, let me know what you think.

Did you find a strength or weakness on her list?

What is your writing strength?

Care to confess a weakness?

Talk to me – I love reading your comments.

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20 thoughts on “Write with confidence when you discover your strength

  1. Thanks for sharing this really authentic post. Our imaginations are so powerful. I have a poetry blog here on WordPress and today’s post is about imagination in case you have time to look? Have a good afternoon, Sam 🙂

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  2. One of my weaknesses is getting tenses mixed up, it haunts me and sometimes just can’t see it. Also when I finish a story I think it’s terrible. I am learning to stop that now, self-sabotage.

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  3. I appreciate the link for Becoming a Better Writer. I am going to check it out. My weaknesses as a writer sound very similar to yours. Tense, spelling and not finishing my stories or ideas (of which I have many). Love the Racoon analogy, it is sooooo accurate for me as well! Now to to check out my writing strengths. Great idea to look at both what we do well and what we don’t do so well with when writing.

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  4. I really have no idea if I have any strengths in writing, only thing I’m pretty good at is Spelling. The reason is I was taught by Nuns who gave emphasis on phonetics. 🙂

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