What is your biggest weakness and greatest strength as a writer?

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  1. Seeker7 profile image83
    Seeker7posted 10 years ago

    What is your biggest weakness and greatest strength as a writer?

    My biggest weakness is spelling and word transferring - I do have to be careful! For example with word transferring, if I'm typing too fast I often type 'there' instead of 'their' and so on. My biggest strength I guess is that I love to write and so hopefully this enthusiasm comes through in my hubs!

    Do you have a main weakness and a main strength as a writer?

  2. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 10 years ago

    Hi Seeker,
           I must agree, I think my biggest weakness is definitely punctuation and also grammar at times. As far as my strengths, I do not see any. As I am my worst critic, I always think things I write can be better.

    1. Seeker7 profile image83
      Seeker7posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I've read one of your hubs just now and you have quite a few strengths + you make them very interesting!

    2. profile image0
      JThomp42posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much Seeker!

  3. Dee aka Nonna profile image60
    Dee aka Nonnaposted 10 years ago

    What a good question.  One that is making me think..... I agree with what has been mentioned.  I know I suffer with these as weaknesses.  I also doubt myself, my message, my ability, and I often take on way too much.  My biggest strength is my absolute love for the craft knowing that words have power and being able to put that power on paper if for no one other than myself.  I often think that if I reach just one other person all is right with the world.

    Thank Seeker7 for asking this question.  I am reading this in the AM...so it is giving me a great start to my day.

    1. Seeker7 profile image83
      Seeker7posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for a lovely response and being so honest. I think as writers - whether it's fiction or non-fiction we are all too hard on ourselves. I think though that, like yourself, when we have a love of writing this will come through in our words.

  4. lburmaster profile image74
    lburmasterposted 10 years ago

    Strength, I adore characters and can make an interesting story. However, my weaknesses include writers block, getting in the mood for writing, lack of planning, and my phobia of finishing a story.

    1. Seeker7 profile image83
      Seeker7posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I know what you mean about getting in the mood for writing - somedays I really have to make myself sit down and write, even if it's just a load of crap!

  5. KT Banks profile image60
    KT Banksposted 10 years ago

    I'm a much better story teller, than I am a writer.  I wish I could just write the story and have someone else clean it up, kind of like the already famous writers do, lol.

    I have also found something that surprises me. I am a better writer when I'm not so happy with my life. When things are going well, I can't seem to find the time to write as much.

    1. jandee profile image79
      jandeeposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Wow ! You are lucky,the writing is zilch,the story is the  thing ! I think,anyway..

  6. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 10 years ago

    My strength (in my own mind anyway) is descriptive passages. I love writing them, my weakness, however, is dialogue. I absolutely fail at writing believably dialogue which is huge when you want to write fiction.

    And my biggest weakness of all is discipline!

  7. M. T. Dremer profile image85
    M. T. Dremerposted 10 years ago

    I think my biggest strength is also my biggest weakness, and that is my editing. I'm so incredibly hard on myself that I almost always produce a polished product. However, it takes me so long to get to that polished product that I feel like I've wasted valuable time I could have been doing something else. Case and point; I spent eight years writing and revising a fantasy novel. Only after I got to the part where I could submit it to the publishing industry did I realize that a well edited manuscript isn't a guarantee of success. And now I'm terrified to edit a new project because I don't want it to take eight years again. I edit absolutely everything I write, including things as trivial as facebook status updates or text messages. I think I might have OCD.

    1. Seeker7 profile image83
      Seeker7posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I think we can all get caught up with overdoing it on the editing side and it takes so much of the enjoyement out of writing. But do you think your exessive editing is a sign of lack of confidence with you?

    2. jandee profile image79
      jandeeposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      You also have a sense of humour.......

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      KEPitzposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Seeker7, that's my issue. I edit to excess and can't seem to get anything solid written down because I'm always trying to... oh hell... I don't even know what I'm trying to do, but whatever it is, it just never seems good enough.

    4. M. T. Dremer profile image85
      M. T. Dremerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely; I do lack confidence. And I also have an irrational fear of being misinterpreted. As if, not knowing which direction the character is looking will somehow ruin the book. Sometimes I like my writing, but I usually revert when I reread it.

  8. junkseller profile image80
    junksellerposted 10 years ago

    My biggest strength is coming up ideas. I've got enough ideas jotted down to keep me busy for a hundred years I think.

    My weakness is in finishing a product. I'm great at thumping out rough drafts but I have trouble finishing anything. I get obsessive about every little word, detail, phrase, etc. I think I have about 20 half-finished hubs collecting dust in my queue, for example. What's frustrating is that the closer I theoretically get to the end, the farther away I always feel from it. Like a vertigo dolly zoom.

    1. Seeker7 profile image83
      Seeker7posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Well, I'm glad there's someone else like me. I start off hubs really buzzed up and - like yourself - get halfway through and I lose all focus. So yes, I also have loads of hubs started but yet to finish.

  9. Diana Lee profile image79
    Diana Leeposted 10 years ago

    My weakness is I have to be in a certain mood to write anything worth reading.  My strong points come from being a life long dreamer with fantasies and a big imagination. I seldom run out of story ideas, but I have to be tuned in on how I wish to present them.

    1. Seeker7 profile image83
      Seeker7posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, the mood can be a disatrous thing for writers and also burn out!

  10. profile image0
    KEPitzposted 10 years ago

    Greatest strength: I have a story to be told, I have the vision in my head. I have something unique to share.
    Greatest weakness: I second guess myself and self-edit so much that I can't seem to ever get anything written down! It's a weird kind of writer's block or something. Frustrating...

    1. Seeker7 profile image83
      Seeker7posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I've noticed quite a few of you guys who write fiction tend to be very hard on yourselves - I write non-fiction and for me this is much, much easier than fiction.

  11. Faith A Mullen profile image80
    Faith A Mullenposted 10 years ago

    My greatest weakness in writing is my speed, which is slow. I am working on writing faster, but I tend to over think and over edit while writing first drafts.

    My greatest strength is probably my love of writing, which keeps me working harder to improve.

    1. Seeker7 profile image83
      Seeker7posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I'm also a slow writer so and have worked quite hard to continue to speed up - sometimes it works other times I seem to go back to slow mode.

  12. ytsenoh profile image63
    ytsenohposted 10 years ago

    Good question.  My main weakness as a writer is writing fiction unless it is imposed in poetry.  My main strengths evolve around non-fiction and research and time management with my writing.  Writing is such a passion for me that I don't allow myself to procrastinate on researching any topic, especially the book I've been focused on developing.  My weakness, if it is a weakness, is being a perfectionist; however, because I'm a perfectionist, I'm strong in edits and proofreading, but the latter I use routinely in the law firm I am employed.

    1. Seeker7 profile image83
      Seeker7posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I would agree and say that being a perfectionist isn't a weakness at all and obviously helps you to develop and produce quality work.

  13. Lisa Wilton profile image81
    Lisa Wiltonposted 10 years ago

    My biggest weakness is my inability to use inventive descriptive prose. I always feel that I am being too forced or pretentious when I try to describe scenes in that way. My biggest strength is (apparently) my ability to create worlds and characters that are interesting. I just need to use more interesting metaphors!

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    Larry Wallposted 10 years ago

    My biggest weakness is that I am a lousy speller.

    My strongest point is my speed. Once i have the basic idea in mind, it does not take me long to write a hub, a letter, news release, position paper, etc.

    I once had a case where five people attended a meeting with a state official and came back to the office to write a letter to restate the agreements that had been reached. They could not get past, "Dear Mr. XXXX. I was asked to come in. They explain to me the decisions that were reached. I produced the letter in less than 15 minutes. All five were from out of town. They were able to get earlier flights and avoid staying in hotels over night. Collectively I saved those companies thousands of dollars. on meals, hotel nights, rental cars, etc. They were all flying Southwestern out of New Orleans, which has hourly flights and no penaltiy for changing tickets.

  15. AMAZING THINKER profile image61
    AMAZING THINKERposted 10 years ago

    Strengths? let me see...
    I am awesome, I have brain, I have hands, I can write..lol..I wouldn't be a writer if I couldn't , common sense, great thoughts etc etc.
    Its really hard to understand me, you have to be like very very smart OR a dummy and I don't know, I'll let you know when I find them.
    Good question by the way, keep up the good work...

  16. m abdullah javed profile image77
    m abdullah javedposted 9 years ago

    Biggest weakness selection of topic and greatest strength, can write very fast, its God's grace.

  17. Niko Linni profile image78
    Niko Linniposted 9 years ago

    For me it's starting and getting myself to keep going. But once I do I can usually just keep it going. Unfortunately real life loves to knock me off my grove. My other weakness is just starting the actual piece. Sometimes it's difficult to think of how to open things.

  18. unvrso profile image84
    unvrsoposted 8 years ago


    Too many interest besides writing which may interfere when wanting to write

    lack of imagination and concentration


    Lots of personal experiences and if possible travel

  19. Bills Place profile image85
    Bills Placeposted 8 years ago

    For me, I think my biggest weakness would be time management. I want to be able to write more, for different sources, but between running my business, family time and a few hours of sleep I lack the time to do anything with my ideas.

    My biggest strength, I think is self-motivation. Without being self-motivated I probably wouldn't be able to get half the stuff I do done in a day.

  20. stas karimov profile image60
    stas karimovposted 7 years ago

    My greatest strength as a writer - I have written two books "Why all the people suffer" and "How to achieve a life without problems."
    My biggest weakness is the Moscow publishing house refused to publish my books. I came to America. And I can not write an article on this website. I do not understand how to write title for an article! This site is too complicated for foreigners.

  21. Larry Fish profile image69
    Larry Fishposted 6 years ago

    My biggest weakness is that I often let my mind wander to far away from what I am writing about. That is good when I am writing one of my fiction novels, but in writing an article I often have to go back and bring my thoughts back to reality. I often have that problem of switching 'there' and 'their', I have to be very careful about that. When I write my novels on MS Word I use the program, Grammarly, which has been a great asset in finding my mistakes.

  22. profile image57
    emma78posted 6 years ago

    I sometimes think I know what a word means but I really don't and I use the word incorrectly. I also get similar words mixed up.

  23. celeste inscribed profile image90
    celeste inscribedposted 6 years ago

    Hi, I think for me it is that the story in my head runs faster than my fingers can type and then I get confused and overwhelmed. So that is definitely my weakness. Another is that I get too excited about a new story and forget details. I write fantasy fiction novels and I tend to forget what I wrote about a week ago. So, now I try to slow down and plan a little. I take notes as I write as well. I suppose that my strength would be my willingness to acknowledge my weakness and learn from it.


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