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    Strongest/Weakest

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by yagr, Aug 18, 2014.

    What would you say is your strongest and weakest aspects of writing?

    I believe that I am quite good at what I have heard referred to as a 'blackout line' - the last line of a chapter that gets the reader to want to turn the page.

    I believe I am weakest in writing dynamics...which is about clear as mud, eh? I believe that I am a very good storyteller... far beyond my skill as a writer. I can spin stories that can keep a kid captivated for hours and never look at his or her cell phone the entire time. Putting such a story on paper requires things like a knowledge of grammar, sentence structure, etc., that I know is a tremendous weakness.
     
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    Strong - bringing an equally funky style to my funky stories. Word choices, slanting to give a tone.

    Weakest - grammar, trying to make proper decisions on some of my funkier sentences. Smoothing things out. Getting beyond the fun stuff and bringing a depth to the characters. I'm a very secretive, private sort of person, and because I tend to be closed off only allowing people to see what I allow them to - I tend to dis-allow my characters the same depth.
     
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    I believe I'm strongest in my writing as far as helping the book flow from description to dialogue, etc.

    My weak point is definitely story lines, though. I really struggle and always worry they aren't interesting enough!
     
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    Hi @peachalulu...I eventually delete 'funky' sentences - which always improves the reader's experience - rather than mine, as I do have the tendency to doodle away, writing the same point in 6 different ways, so pretty, but they must all die.

    Therefore my weakness is dense indulgence - when a reader deserves a smooth ride on their pillow. So I aim for that, playing sometimes the game, whilst drafting, where you try to speed read your own prose like a paperback.
     
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    Strength - coming up with a neverending series of idea's, embellishments and practical workings for storyline and milieu. Streaming words out on a page at speed and overcoming block.
    Weakness - Seeing how much work those thought streams really need in order to become a proper story. They make sense to me in their raw form, but I have trouble seeing how much refinement is necessary to get the story across to a reader.
     
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    Strongest is probably my attention to language. I sometimes spend days on one passage just to make sure I get everything right. Weakest is endings. I usually have no idea how to end a story, so I come up with some lame ending that sucks.
     
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    Strongerst: posibly character's dialogue and backstories. Worldbuilding too.

    Weakest: grammar, descriptions and changes of scene.
     
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    I'm good at dialogue. Conversations that deliver back-story and reveal character whilst staying witty, fresh, and believable.

    Weakest- coming up with fresh ways to convey emotion without resorting to gestures the involve the eyes or throat.
     
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    Strength: effectively using language and structuring a narrative

    Weakness: coming up with events to drive a plot forward
     
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    I have no idea. I guess I'm ok at creating engaging characters, but I've never felt confident or capable of handling plot.
     
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    Strength - Structure. I have a screenwriting background, so I can beat out a story without much difficulty. I also like to believe I am rather adept at working internal and external conflicts into a story in an organic way through meaningful story goals.

    Weakness - I tend to move fast. I need to learn how to slow down and let some moments "breathe". I also stress about prose and whether or not I'm giving too much internal information.
     
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    Strongest: Beginnings and endings.

    Weakest: Middles.
     
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    Strengths: I've been writing seriously for 18 months. I have none right now. Other than the desire to better myself.

    Weaknesses: Seemingly everything. Mostly grammar, prose, and dialogue.
     
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    Strengths: Character distinction. I'm told I do a good job of giving different characters recognizably different voices, and I feel like I do a good job of giving each character multiple, conflicting opinions about the different aspects of each other character.

    Weaknesses: Sentence repetition. Once I come up with a sentence to cover a story element, I tend to use different words to re-flavor the same sentence over and over, and it takes extra effort to make myself come up with completely different sentences.

    That too ;) Beginnings and Endings only need to be connected to the Middle, but the Middle has to be connected to both.
     
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    Strengths: I'm good at creating characters and I have a good prose style (I've even been told so by professional editors).

    Weaknesses: Plotting. I don't much care about plotting and I never work hard enough at it. I'm also lousy at handling climaxes. Sometimes my climaxes - the pivotal moments of the stories - go by in a couple of lines. I'm always expanding my climaxes when I revise my stuff.
     
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    If it helps, I have the same problem with one of my favorite authors (Kay Hooper). Doesn't mean she's not still one of my favorites ;) EDIT: and largely because she shares what you credit as one of your strengths.

    … You're not secretly her, are you?
     
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    I hope not - I've never heard of her. So if I was her, I would never have heard of me, and that would probably be rather difficult. :p
     
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    Strengths: I have a lot of stories to tell and I take unique viewpoints.
    Weaknesses: Grammar and building a mood. I'm still working on making my readers live my story instead of listening to it.
     
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    Strengths: I am good at writing dialogue that comes to life, to write a tour de force dialogue is the thing I like most. I have a feeling for poetry, altough I could be much better.

    Weakness: Plotting, I find it hard. And knowing when to speed up and slow down, sometimes i miss to much environment because I am so up in the story.
     
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    I think I'm good at coming up with lots of little things that fall into place with scary precision at the right moments.

    Bad things? Probably everything else! And I'm impatient!
     
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    Strongest: Dialogue. I can easily write conversation scenes and describe how the character reacts/moves around as it progresses.

    Weakest: World Building and Setting. Most of the time the characters are arguing in a fog because I have no idea how to describe the setting beforehand. Sometimes they'll touch an object or two, but that's about it. :/
     
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    Weakness: clunky sentences. I'm working on this.
     
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