I discovered the following list of writing “Strengths” and “Growing Edges” leafing through a 2009 journal.
I write every day
I am willing to keep working at a piece for as long as it takes
My writing is poetic and inspiring
I am an original thinker
I am 100% committed to earning my living as a writer, teacher, and speaker
I want to be more free and spontaneous in my writing
I want to trust my wise inner voice more
I need to learn when to let go
I want to know more readily which words to leave in and take out
I want to become even more authentic and original as a writer
Knowing my assets and my challenges as a writer has helped me to develop my voice, put my words into the world, and stand ever more confidently in the work that I do. More than anything, it’s given me compassion for the journey that I am on.
Being a writer isn’t just about placing words on paper, it’s about leaning into the courage and the wisdom we need to give our words power. And that’s no small thing.
My bet is that if you took a moment to write your own lists, you’d discover insights that could help you to write more authentically and with less angst! I’d love you to share them here.
And, if you want to take another step toward forward in your writer’s journey, if you really want to step into your particular strength and genius, please join me for my Write the Damn Book! workshop, March 16-17, Novato, CA.
I am always, and still, looking to get closer to my truth and to write more spontaneously. I imagine you are too.