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What Are Your Strengths?

4 Nov

003Happy Tuesday, my friends.  I’ve been busy. How about you?  Now the holidays are bearing down on us like a heat-seeking missile, and I’m afraid we will all be busier still.

Oh well!

Let’s talk about your strengths as a writer.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

Napoleon Hill

 

QUESTION OF THE DAY

What are your greatest strengths as a writer?

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

There are two schools of thought regarding our strengths.  One school of thought holds that we should continually take our weaknesses and develop them into strengths.  The other says we should recognize our strengths, develop them, hone them, and make them work for us, disregarding weaknesses that only serve to muddy our personal waters.

With regards to writing, I think it is important to determine which weaknesses can hold us back as writers, and which weaknesses are really unimportant.  For instance, if one has a problem with grammatical rules, I think that’s a weakness a writer should develop into a strength.  On the other hand, I cannot write poetry. It is definitely a weakness of mine, but it is one I do not consider terribly important for my development.

Instead, I like to concentrate on my strengths and further develop them.

So, let’s return to the question:  what are your greatest strengths as a writer.  I think if you can answer that, and I suspect many of you cannot, then you will have taken an important step forward in your writing career.  Recognize those strengths and build upon them.

TIP OF THE DAY

List what you believe to be your strengths as a writer. Then list your weaknesses.  Go over both lists and decide which can help you in the future and which are unimportant.

CONTEST OF THE DAY

The Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Contest is taking submissions until January 15th.  No entry fee, and from 3-10 pages of poetry can be submitted. There is a $500 first prize awarded.  Read about it here.

PROMPT OF THE DAY

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My friend Sha likes picture prompts, so here’s one to get your juices flowing.

CHALLENGE OF THE DAY

I published another in my series about a fictional character called Hope today.  In case you haven’t read any of that series, it is an ongoing metaphor, and that is my challenge to you today.  In the near future, practice writing a metaphor. I think it is one of the most powerful tools a writer can have, and it would be a shame to not use that tool.

EXCERPT OF THE DAY

From my current novel, Shadows Kill:

“I hugged him and stepped out into a night where creatures rose from storm drains, craving misery and fear to feed upon.  The church was only a mile away, and I made the trip in fifteen minutes as the skies opened up with the tears of my loved ones.

Sometimes I’ll wake up in the early morning, the sky losing its battle with light and the peaceful citizens still snug under the covers of false security, and I’ll imagine I can hear helicopters coming in from the north, the sound increasing as the displaced air reverberates, and the dust from the desert swirls and chokes, blinds and embraces.  I’ll see the Edgars and the Patricks, limping quickly to the safety of the Huey, and the machine gunners standing guard, and I’ll hear their cries as they fall three feet from their ride, their bodies riddled, quivering, and then still.  On those mornings I’ll sweat heavily and find that catching my breath is a Herculean task not worth the effort.”

 

THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY

 

Thank you, as always, for taking the time to visit with me today.  I wish you a productive and satisfying week of writing.

 

Bill

 

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”