Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Strength of Ten

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.


StarvingWriteNow said...

Good advice, Bernita. I could definitely use some "strength" training!

Bernita said...

You have them, Starving. Give them a workout.

Jaye Wells said...

Great reminder, B. Thanks.

Gabriele C. said...

I tend to focus on my weaknesses because those are what I need to work on. Description only needs a light gallop now and then to keep the muscles smooth, but characterisation has to go the high dressage course - more than once. :)

Bernita said...

Nice to stop now and then and consider that we do have strengths, Jaye.

Our strengths can help our weaknesses, Gabriele.
I tend to write too bare, yet some say my descriptions are nice.I need to combine the two.

Lisa said...

What a terrific way to start the day. Many of us probably do spend far too much time analyzing our weaknesses and never acknowledging the things we do well. I'll have to think about this.

Bernita said...

A little positive reinforcement doesn't hurt, Lisa - especially when there is no lack of the other kind.

Scott from Oregon said...

I can pick up really heavy words and put them on really high shelves.

Bernita said...

You have wonderful muscles, Scott.

Kate Thornton said...

"My strength is as the strength of ten because my heart is pure!"

Bernita said...

~still giggling over Scott's clever comment~

Yes, Kate, but most of us are Galahadn'ts.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

I function better when concentrating on my strengths because encouragement, well, encourages me, and criticism stalls my progress. I don't ignore my weaknesses, but I try to fix them with as little fanfare as possible.

It also gives me a way to kick myself in my own ass when I cringe at critique or rejection.

Bernita said...

"function better when concentrating on my strengths because encouragement, well, encourages me, and criticism stalls my progress. I don't ignore my weaknesses, but I try to fix them with as little fanfare as possible."

I drink to that!

Anonymous said...

Coincidence! I'm posting this meme tonight.

raine said...

Good post, good point, painful joke, lol.

Bernita said...

Nah, Jason, just a matter of having some of the same connections.
And this almost-meme is a little less self-centered than most.

Thank you, Raine.
~ you darling girl~
Those jokes are so horrible, they're good.

Precie said...


Thanks so much for that, bernita!!

Bernita said... pleasure.

kmfrontain said...

LOL @ Scotts comment. Good one.

My strengths: persistence, willing to learn, willing to say no to conformity, willing to say yes.

Bernita said...

You should add to that a brilliant and orginial imagination, Karen!

Sam said...

Where are yours?

Oh, I forgote about thick skin. My sister calls me shallow, lol.

& thanks for the plug!

Bernita said...

I'm a 98 lb. weakling, Sam.

J. H. Bográn said...

Really good advice. Let's do the necessary work out!
BTW, I forgot to mention it in my earlier comments, but I love the new tags you're adding at the bottom (Holy water was my fav!).


spyscribbler said...

What a good reminder, but goodness, I haven't a clue! Rhythm, sometimes. Yeesh, I don't know.

I will consider, though, next time I start whining. :-)

LadyBronco said...



Good one, Bernita.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Jose!

You have too many to catalogue, Natasha.

Name always bugged me, Lady B!

Charles Gramlich said...

I can eat and read at the same time. That's my best strength.

Bernita said...

I go for the double gluttony too, Charles.
Must keep up our strengths...

Jon M said...

Thanks for the mention B! I won't thank you for the joke cos it's just turned me into one!!!!

Bernita said...

Did NOT, neither, Jon!
Just thought you liked ships.