Are you feeling discouraged and thinking of giving up? Or maybe you’re thinking about writing something but you just can’t get started? Maybe you figure it won’t come out right – so why even bother. Does any of that sound like you?
Maybe you just don’t know what you’re good at.
I talk a lot on this site about not just writing a book (just one book?) but about becoming a writer – looking at writing as a career (even if you already have a career!). And part of becoming a writer is figuring out what you’re great at doing… and what doesn’t come so easily for you.
I think I’m good at writing – but when it comes to marketing, which is a big part of being a writer today (like it or not), I don’t think that’s one of my strengths. What about you?
What are you super-good at? I bet you know already, but maybe you haven’t spent enough time basking in it. This could be something you’ve heard from a whole bunch of people. Maybe you’re secretly proud but don’t want to seem like you’re gloating.
Take the time to enjoy your strengths. In the table below, you’ll find a bunch of different writing tasks and you’ll have a chance to see exactly how many things you are probably quite good at doing.
Unfortunately, unlike in many careers, you can’t just work on a sub-specialty and ignore the rest. You will eventually have to deal with everything I’ve listed in the table below – and then some. But there are some very good reasons to go into writing with your eyes open – with a keen awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses.
Why figure out your strengths?
Identifying your strengths makes you feel good about yourself! I’m not big into self-esteem just for self-esteem’s sake. But if you genuinely ARE good at something, you deserve