This is the cover of last year's Word on the Street program.
We read a lot of negative stuff about writing and writers.
Faults. Weaknesses. Failures.
Our endless capacity to act like idiots.
A Not-Quite-A-Meme making the rounds invites you to consider your strengths rather than your weaknesses.
Sam lists vocabulary, dialogue, imagination, nit-pick passion, and research skills among hers.
Jon chose imagination, focus, self-editing, thick skin, and a desire to learn among his.
And if you read and think about both inventories, you will see they are by-and-large congruent.
Imagination. Concentration. Determination to explore and improve.
Necessary muscles for heavy-lifting - which everyone should develop if they want to advance to the finals.
If I were to add one in the fine motor control category, I would suggest also a solid sense of ethics.
So, consider your strengths for a change. It's a powerful exercise.
Groaner Q & A:
This one's for Jon (above.)
Q: What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches?
A: A nervous wreck.