What is your greatest weakness as a writer? What’s your greatest strength?
Okay, I have GOT to stop signing up for these things, then realising the day before/day of my post being due that I have absolutely no idea how to answer – it’s becoming an increasingly bad habit. Don’t get me wrong, I love taking part and finding out what the prompts are, but my goodness am I good at forgetting all about it, or leaving it until the last minute.
This leads me to one of my weaknesses: my ability to procrastinate. It’s currently 23:10, so I have 50 minutes until my day for posting is technically past, and this is me trying to write my post now – and what am I spending most of my time doing? Playing Mario Kart on my DS. Not a bad use of my time, mind, it’s just not exactly what I’m supposed to be doing – it certainly isn’t going to get this post written for me at any rate. At the start of the month, I was adamant that I would start writing my post about the middle of the month, maybe (at a push) the week before it was due to be posted, but before I knew it, it was the 25th of May – sure, I’d thought about writing it, but that’s not quite the same as actually doing it, is it?
I don’t just get like this when it comes to TCWT posts though; unfortunately it’s a bit of a recurring theme for me. I was taking a look through my unfinished book reviews folder the other day, and came across one that I started this time last year. Last. YEAR. I don’t know what happened; I’ve written a few posts since then, but that one just seemed to be pushed away and forgotten about. I can tell myself “I will finish it soon” all I like, but nothing happens, and it’s ridiculous. I’ve yet to meet my goals with either NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNo, because yet again I get too distracted to actually do anything. I want to blame it on work (which is actually fair enough; it takes up too much of my time now), but at the same time I need to do a bit better with my time management, even if it involves sitting myself down and forcing myself to write something – with no distractions!
Another of my weaknesses is my lack of faith in my writing. I’m by no means spectacular, and I often struggle to keep an idea going (see above paragraph!), but I have very little faith – any praise I get from others is often met with a shrug and an “it’s not great, really…” which really hinders me. I’m nearly at a point where I want to ask myself, is it really worth trying to write anything if I just can’t do it? But I know it takes practice, and I know I’ll improve – when I compare some of my recent blog posts to my very first ones, I can see some improvements. Not many, granted, as I still cringe when I read over any of them, but I like to think I’m getting there – baby steps and all that?!
Typically it’s coming up with a strength where I REALLY start to struggle, but I like to think that my ideas (when they strike!) are pretty damn good – it’s just the execution that’s the problem! There are a few stories that I’ve started for NaNoWriMo that I’m hoping to continue with, as I’m really interested in seeing where they may go, especially as some I haven’t written in a very long time. Okay, they’re not totally brilliant and worthy of awards, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen anything like (some) of them before – yes, I admit, some are pretty generic, but when you put the right twist on it, it has the potential to become something great! At least, that’s what I’m trying to tell myself…!
It’s now 23:49, and I’m going to have to start wrapping this up – here’s hoping I’ll be more prepared for the next blog chain!
Want to follow our blog chain? Here are the participating parties, day by day:
6th — Ariel Kalati, Writer
8th — Galloping Free
9th — Miriam Joy Writes
10th — The Ramblings of Aravis
13th — Light and Shadows
15th — Musings from Neville’s Navel
16th — The World of the Writer
20th — Introspection Creative
22nd — Spellbound
24th — Unikke Lyfe
27th — Against the Shadows
29th — Teens Can Write, Too (We’ll announce the topic for June’s chain!)