Today I am participating in the TerribleMinds PenMonkey Evaluation. Here are the answers to my writing survey questions:
- What’s your greatest strength/skill in terms of writing/storytelling? –> Dialog. The voices make me do it.
- What’s your greatest weakness in writing/storytelling? What gives you the most trouble? –> Description. I touched on that just a couple of days ago here.
- How many books or other projects have you actually finished? What did you do with them? –> Well, that’s a bit personal, isn’t it? Okay. Well. Finished? Can I count my one completed first draft that I’m still revising? I have several other first drafts that I’m still plugging away on, but that’s it as far as actually “finishing” a book. Unless you count my book of amateurish poems I slapped up on Kindle a while back. As far as other projects go, my blogs are doing awesome. Besides this one winning an actual award (as opposed to a Liebster or something like that,) I have been steadily gathering new readers each week.
- Best writing advice you’ve ever been given? (i.e. really helped you) –> Just write. Just vomit out the words, and don’t worry about whether or not they are any good. You can make them good in revisions.
- Worst writing advice you’ve ever been given? (i.e. didn’t help at all, may have hurt) –> “Well, do you really like writing, or do you just like the idea of writing?” Because what you need when you’re struggling with writer’s block is for someone to suggest that you consider quitting altogether. That’s exactly what you need, right?
- One piece of advice you’d give other writers? –> Don’t ever let anyone look at your manuscript until the first draft is complete. You need to just get the story down on the page, and then worry about getting feedback. Otherwise, you can totally cripple yourself worrying about fixing all those errors your critiquer caught. You shouldn’t even be thinking about fixing anything until you have that first draft out of your head; beginning, middle, and end. Sure, the first draft will have holes in it. But I contend that no critique partner can give you satisfactory feedback on what your story needs without knowing where your story is going. The only way they can see the end of your story is if you’ve written it.
Now it’s your turn. Answer the questions above either on your blog or in the comments below.