What would you say your biggest weakness is as a writer? Why do you think that is? And what are you doing about it? I'll lead off, starting with the second question. As a reader I hate being confused. I dislike not knowing who's speaking. I get annoyed when there's a scene break and I can't tell if what comes after is a chronological sequel (redundant? ) to what came before, or a flashback, or a dream sequence or what. I don't like it when characters do inexplicable things for inexplicable reasons. I also don't care for it when I've written something, fiction or nonfiction, and a reader says, "You should have said something about XYZ" and dammit, I did. Right there on page 3, didn't you catch it? So . . . on the principle of "do unto others as you would have them do unto you," I try to make sure every damn thing is clear. Maybe too clear. Thoroughly and at length and sometimes with repetition. As in spoonfeeding the reader. As in assuming that it isn't enough to leave what I need to convey implicit in my prose for the intelligent reader to derive. Then, too, I teach school and making sure every last damn thing is clear is part of my job. What am I doing about it? Posting on the Workshop is proving very helpful. Having more experienced writers tell me that all the explication isn't needed is encouraging me to take a deep breath and venture on leaving it out. However. If you get a flashback or a dream sequence out of me, you'll know that's exactly what it is. Your turn. What do you struggle with?