Traits

Currently Listening To: Rock and a Hard Place, by The Rolling Stones

So as I was riding home on the train and I kept thinking about the kind of person I am as a writer. What traits do I have that help me out as a writer? What traits hinder me?

Here’s what I came up with:

Ambition: A story is a big idea. You have to have the final product in mind before you can even begin to build it.

Creativity: From characters to worldbuilding, imagination forms the building blocks of your story.

Motivation: You have that great idea? Awesome, now get to it. Writing is a big commitment. There will be days where you don’t feel like doing it. Too bad, you still have to write.

Meticulosity: You can’t gloss over your fourth draft and say it’s good to go. Sit down with your red pen and tear that manuscript to pieces. Some call it crazy, but in many jobs it pays to be mindful of the details.

Perseverance: You will fail at some point. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar. You will face rejection. You will face harsh criticism. You will lose chapters due to a power outage. Can you get back up and continue?

Sanity: Yes I know we all can be crazy sometimes. But there will be times where you will have to keep your cool. And after all, you are human. Writing a novel shouldn’t be impossible, so don’t make it so difficult that it’s only for the insane.

So how would I rate myself?

Ambition: 10/10. I like to pursue goals. I can’t stop thinking about how the final product will look.

Creativity: 8/10. I will spend days researching and sketching out my characters and my worlds. I think of all the experiences and sights that are tucked away in my brain. Brainstorming sessions are a must for me.

Motivation: 6.5/10. This would be higher but lately I keep slacking on actually writing the draft. Fortunately the coming weeks will give me some fuel!

Meticulosity:  6/10. Arguably this is my weakest link. While I spend a lot of time on the details of my characters and worlds…I don’t do it enough in my story. This leads to many plot holes and messy drafts.

Perseverance: 8/10. I’ve already gotten rejections for short stories, so I’m use to it. Hurray for thick skin!

Sanity: 7/10. I’m crazy enough to write a novel. I do have panic attacks over the smallest things though, so I try to keep it together when writing.

In summary: I’m ambitious and full of ideas, but lack some of the finer traits needed to be truly successful. Doesn’t mean I can’t improve!

What do you guys think? Am I missing something? How would you rate yourselves?

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