We all have weaknesses in different parts of our lives. I think it comes from our strengths, after all, we can’t be good at everything! I think as a writer, I find it really important to be able to recognise my weaknesses when it comes to writing in order to ensure that I combat it as best as I can!
My writing weakness is timelines. No, not the length of time it takes me to write something (although that can be an issue in itself!) but the actual timeline within the story I’m writing. In short stories it’s not so bad as they tend to be spanned over a shorter time frame but I tell you something, when I’m writing a longer piece actually piecing together the days and making sure it flows in a logical order is something I find really difficult. Why? I’m not sure. I don’t have the best grip on dates and times in reality realistically so I think maybe it stems from that.
So something I do in order to combat this is to write out a timeline, actually plan it out on paper somewhere, and follow the story through that way. I find if I have something to follow and that the story follows days in a logical order, I’m much more likely to be able to write in that way too. It’s something I just tried with my new nano novel and I think I pretty much stuck to it (although it ended earlier than I intended, time frame wise) but that’s what first drafts are for, right?
What are your writing weaknesses and how do you work at combating them?