Okay, so we went from greatest strength to greatest weakness in the Long and Short Reviews list of topics. If I was a superhero, I'd probably refuse to answer. However, I don't have any kryptonite-level weaknesses lurking, so I'll have to come up with something a bit more realistic.
My husband would probably say my weakness is an inability to see mess. He notices every misplaced item, while I can walk straight past it - and this happens a lot, because our cats have a habit of carrying things around the house, so I'll walk into the living room and find the teatowel and washing up sponge lying in the middle of the floor. As long as we're not living in filth I don't really mind misplaced stuff, which is just as well given these two animals.
The other weakness is probably insecurity. I am never happy with the work I do, even when other people are happy with it. This, I think, is just part of being a writer - we nitpick our own work and then pass it to editors who nitpick it even further. I suppose it can be healthy to want to make things better as long as I don't get too obsessed with it.
So what's your greatest weakness?
Yes, nitpicking your own work seems to be common for writers. :)ReplyDelete
It's force of habit, I think.Delete
I agree, we tend to rip our own work apart, even when people tell us it's good. That's why I like having an editor. :-)ReplyDelete
And she rips it apart for me. :)Delete
The more you want it perfect the better the work turns out. I don't want praise for my book I want a beta-reader to help me make it better.ReplyDelete
I agree - although I like praise too :)Delete
I understand the being "mess" blind....I eventually get to a point where I've had it and do a massive cleaning (but to be honest...my husband generally gets there first..lol). My post is here if you want to stop by.ReplyDelete
So does mine - he's much more of a clean freak than me.Delete
I'm a nitpicker too! I know to a certain degree it's a good thing (I don't like to do sloppy work) but it can really be crippling other times, lol.ReplyDelete
Particularly when starting a story - it takes me forever.Delete
LOL... I live with a "mess blind" kid. Honestly, it boggles my mind!ReplyDelete
My mother was mess blind - it's hereditary!Delete
With you on the not seeing the mess -- though I suppose it's not so much that I don't see it, it's that I tend to ignore it if I don't have the spoons to deal with it. Nitpicking? Definitely.ReplyDelete
I frequently don't have the spoons to deal with it, I admit.Delete
I'll add my agreement here. Writers are perfectionists. As for not seeing mess, my standard is hygiene not piles. :)ReplyDelete
I suppose it's natural for a writer to want perfection.Delete
I think all writer's doubt their own writing. It seems to be part of the process.ReplyDelete
Yes, I think it's par for the course.Delete
Being blind to messes is a super power. :-) I know what you mean about the work never being good enough. It doesn't matter how many times I go over it. I'll always find something to fix, too.ReplyDelete
And then my editor will find something else. :)Delete