Okay, this is one big rambling post, so feel free to kind of ignore it.
I left this question “What are your strengths and weaknesses as writers?” for the people at http://letthewordsflow.wordpress.com/
Here, I will answer it myself.
Weaknesses first, because that’s always easier. (We writers often tell ourselves our current novel/short story/poem/song is crap…)
My weaknesses are: plot, description, finishing what I’m working on.
Plot: I am seriously incapable of having a plot. If by some miracle I do, then I don’t finish the novel. By plot, I mean that you can explain what your novel’s about. “My novel is about this happening and then character doing this to do that.” If you can’t explain your novel, you probably have a character-driven novel. (Which is what I think I’m destined for.)
This problem of mine links back to an inability to write an outline. I just get bored. Just now, I tried to brainstorm — not even write an outline — and I couldn’t. I guess I have a problem thinking on paper. I think in my head. (Which is what once kept me up until… Um. I actually never fell asleep that one night. I spent FIVE hours thinking. Thinking!)
Description: It doesn’t come easily to me. I don’t describe the setting, the sounds, smells, etc. I don’t know why. I focus too much on the thoughts, actions and dialogue. Actually, I sometimes have a trouble with actions.
Actions: Sometimes I have trouble saying that a character does this or that. I guess I’m trying to convey a certain image and can’t find the exact words for it. In real life, if somebody has trouble saying something, they’d maybe sigh, close their eyes, move a little. But what I’m trying to show, I can’t find the exact words for it. And these movements are small ones.
Anyway, this leads to my strengths: dialogue, characterization.
Dialogue: Now, I haven’t actually have somebody tell me I’m good at dialogue, but I think I am. I think it stems from the fact that I have always loved talking (see https://kayleighskaleidoscope.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/how-i-started-writing/) and therefore am good at writing dialogue. Maybe I’m not as good as I think I am, but I never have any trouble writing dialogue, so… *shrug*
Characterization: As the writer, I’m probably biased, but I’m pretty sure I’ve done a good job of bringing my characters to life. Not all of them, some of them need something more, but Kenna, Liam, Breanna, and Zale are all, hopefully, very real. I use dialogue to my advantage, to show their emotions.