Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Run Toward Weakness #IWSG
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This month I'd like to talk about weaknesses. All writers have them, yes? Whether it's plotting, characterization, time management, or finishing a project—we all struggle with something.
My Super Supportive Hubby, a firefighter—and the bravest man I know—recently graduated from a strenuous leadership class. He was totally inspired by a retired chief who spoke during the class. This chief is a man my hubby has known for maybe 20 years. He's a well-respected guy with a trail of successes during his time on the job.
This chief admitted his weaknesses to the class: spelling, writing, and reading. My hubby's ears perked up; he could relate. Hubby never had a clue that this successful chief had similar doubts and insecurities. Yes, the chief had struggled with spelling his whole life—still struggled with it—but he said, "I've learned to run toward my weaknesses, not away from them."
It reminded me that we should run toward our writing weaknesses—not shy away from them or fear them.
My writing weaknesses? How much time do you have? I'm thankful that I recognize these weaknesses, and focus my learning time toward improving my skills. For instance, I read "The Fire in Fiction," by Donald Maass. The exercises at the end of each chapter are worth the price of the book.
Recognizing a weakness can sometimes be discouraging, especially after I've read a book with killer pacing and jump-off-the-page characters. But recognizing a weakness is a blessing. It's the first step to running toward it, and turning a weakness into a strength.
Some cool quotes to ponder:
"Our strength grows out of weaknesses." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The greatest weakness of all is the great fear of appearing weak." — Jacques Benigne Bossuel
"Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness." — Jean Vanier
What are your writing weaknesses? Do you turn from them or run toward them? Please share!