It’s Blog Chain time again, and this time the topic comes from Michelle H, who asked 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.
Holy smokes! This was so very hard for me. I’m not really certain why. It isn’t that I think there’s nothing positive about my writing, I do. But talking about it…with all of you. Yea, THAT made me uncomfortable. Really really uncomfortable.
But, wow…what a great exercise. So, after wrestling with my feelings about singing my own praises, and coming to terms with my own muchness, here is my list of positives about my writing – the stories, the writing process, and the words themselves. This all came from emails I’ve gotten over the years from CPs, agent feedback and my own feelings:
(And yes, I think I need to print this out so I remember it when I am down)
- The handful of peeps that have seen a tiny piece of my new project have described my most recent writing as lyrical and artistic, almost poetic. It is something I have really been working on in this current project – something I am so very happy with as well.
- I know how to craft a page-turner, something with strong pacing and a story that compels the reader to keep reading.
- Agent feedback has included phrases like “strong storytelling,” “beautiful way with words”, “compelling characters”
- I am a “thinker” when it comes to writing – planning out the most subtle of details within the story. Not sure if this is a good thing or not, but it is what I do when I write.
- I’ve been told I am good at character motivation and the emotional arc of a story.
The next couple of things are more about me as a writer, than my writing abilities:
- I am crazy tenacious – A necessary character-trait in this business (and yes, I am certain one of my CPs is gonna haunt me with this one…)
- I am more than willing to WORK HARD to reach my goals
- I just don’t take “no” for an answer – I keep pushing ahead, if when wiser people may have quit.
So, there you go… my opinions regarding the strength of my writing and me as a writer.