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Know Your Weakness

Before I became a writer I was a psychologist, and a lot of what I learned about human nature applies to our work and that includes writing. I’m a big proponent of self-knowledge and growth. If we don’t know ourselves, our tendencies, our flaws - how can we grow?

All writers have areas in which they are stronger than others. On the flip side, we all have weaknesses. (See? Right there I just used a clique.) But the key to being the best writer you can be is in realizing where your writing needs improvement. Maybe your descriptions are stilted, or your dialogue is wishy-washy. Perhaps you fail to convey your characters’ emotions powerfully enough, or maybe you tend to be long-winded and stray off course.

To help you assess your writing, have several people whose opinions you respect critique your work. You will probably begin to see a pattern emerge. When one person complains about your pacing it’s one man’s opinion, but when five people notice the same thing – you’ve found a weakness.

Consider this a victory rather than a defeat. Because if you didn’t know you needed improvement – you’d never improve. While criticism can be painful it can also help us get in touch with our strengths and weaknesses so we can work to improve them. And every opportunity for growth gets you closer to being the writer you want to be.

A former psychologist, Normandie has always been fascinated by human behavior. She loves writing quirky characters that are all too human. Fiber arts, baking, and Pinterest are a few of her favorite pastimes. She lives on a farm with a passel of kids, an adorable husband, and a pet pig who’s crazy for Red Bull.

www.normandiealleman.com 




7 comments:

  1. Sounds like good advice. Enjoyed your comments.

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  2. Very intriguing post with good advice!

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  4. Thanks for hosting me! Sorry I'm a bit late to the party. We had a storm yesterday and my internet was out most of the day. I visited by phone but was unable to comment.

    I love your site, such a great place full of writerly ideas and info!

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  5. This does sound like good advice to me.

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