Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Blog Chain: Tiny Titans and Turtle Shells

This blog chain was started by Sandra who wants to know: What do you think your strengths and weaknesses as a writer are? Did you have to develop your strengths, or did they come naturally to you? How are you trying to overcome your weaknesses?

I'm the last one to post. And I'm a couple of days late. (Yeah, I'm on the ball. Thanks.) Abby posted before me.

If someone had asked me this question last year, my answers would be totally different than the ones I'm writing today.

At that time, I was unsure of my abilities as a writer. I thought my biggest weakness was my ability to start something new, to come up with fresh ideas.

I would have said my strengths as a writer are those that aid a person in all facets of life: self confidence, ambition, tenacity, and a desire to reach my goals. Those are definitely qualities a successful writer needs to possess, right?

Pardon me while I digress a little with this story. My daughter got her wisdom teeth removed on Friday. Her mouth is small, and the teeth were impacted. It was quite an extensive surgery she had to endure to have them removed.

I have spent the last three weeks dreading this surgery. When I had my wisdom teeth removed at 19, I ended up with dry sockets. Since then, I've maintained that I'd rather go through childbirth again -- without drugs -- before I'd choose to endure something like that again.

So watching my child go through it has really brought out the mother hen in me. I've spent almost every waking hour of the past four days with my teen. Most of that time, we've spent playing MarioKart. It's a great game, but I hate getting bombed by the spiny, winged turtle shells. They flip my Tiny Titan kart up in the air and my Mii's arms and head flail and wobble. It always take awhile to reorient myself and get back in the race.

That's kind of the way I've felt the past few months. Life bombed me with one of those spiny, winged turtle shells, and my world became discombobulated. (I love that word.) I started doubting the facets I thought had been my strengths, and I keep telling myself, "At least when I regain those strengths, I'll have the other part mastered."

That's true. In the time that I've spent trying to regain some of my ambition, self-confidence, motivation and desire to write -- my current weaknesses -- I've put together a notebook full of story and character outlines. No more fear of the blank page for me.

But if anyone has any tips on how to regain the strengths I lost, I'm all ears.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?


Michelle H. said...

Maintaining a belief of overcoming those weaknesses is the greatest strength you'll have, including your endurance to get past those wobbly points in your life and continuing forward. Great post!

Christine Fonseca said...

Love this post! I've missed you!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, it's SO hard when you feel bombarded by things all the time. It's incredibly demoralizing! The fact that you keep going in the face of it is proof positive that you'll regain your mojo. *hugs*

Eric said...

Sounds to me like your strength is your unwillingness to quit. That alone is a tremendous pillar supporting your writing career. Oh, and here's hoping you get to play some more MarioKart soon. Sometimes that's exactly what we need - a little fun gaming time with the kidlets. Nice answer, Kat.

Margie Gelbwasser said...

Your strengths are there. They don't leave. They were just hanging back, giving you time to conquer the difficult parts. You did! Now, when you start writing EVERYTHING will come together!!