Status: Not liking school, not liking how little time I have left to my Finals.
Dear reader, I had never written seriously or taken writing as a serious hobby till sometime last November, when I finally joined up NaNoWriMo. By all estimates, I will soon be entering my first year anniversary of being a writer and this prompts great amounts of reflection in me.
I’ve never been a particularly good writer, truth be told. I’m instead, a very conscientious one. The two are different in the fact that being a good writer means that they seem to have the craft come easily to them, that their words can make a beauty that my words aspire to be. Conscientious writing means that for me, I am determined to progress beyond my meager talents and push it by effort to enter the next level of proficiency. I never write with inspiration and in that kind of way that people automatically fall in love with. I do my hardest to make my stories compelling, but a good lot of the time I do feel like I fall short of the mark.
I make a very big effort to study the tools of the writer and ensure I can push my growth in the fastest way possible. In the past one year, I have seen many things about my writing improve, sometimes unconsciously and sometimes needing a more conscious kick to get the words moving in the right way. I capitalize on my many years of being a bookworm to help me, instinct of how a story should go and how it should get there, and this has proved invaluable. It’s a fantastic asset, and I do think that what Raven said in her post on Saturday was apt – knowing thy weaknesses is your best defense against it.
“The best defense against magic is the knowledge that magic is being performed.”
In the next year, I am going to try very much to improve on a few major points that bring down my writing. I’ll list them here, and maybe, you’ll identify with these problems that I have.
- Lousy Dialogue:
- Flat Characters:
- Poor Sentence Structure:
So, what are some of your weaknesses?