From my new column at The Night Bazaar, about finding your strengths and weaknesses as a writer:
I’m far from convinced there’s any such profession as “writer” anymore; we’re all multi-taskers, by definition.
But there is this thing called “writing,” yes, and occasionally I get to do it.
When it comes to writing itself, I like to believe that my strengths are far more numerous than my weaknesses.
But it’s quite possible that I’m kidding myself.
What I do find is that the more I write, the less my strengths matter and the more my weaknesses do. That’s because writing a lot of fiction puts me face-to-face with every possible roadblock in my creative process, and every roadblock is a potential “debunking” of my strengths. It doesn’t matter how great I can write X type of scene, if Y type of scene keeps me from ever finishing my novel.
As a result, all that my strengths do is allow me to get past the weaknesses, or manage them effectively. That’s great news, yeah, but if I take the time to celebrate my strengths, it only slows me down.
Here’s an example.