Skill Set for Writers

When I decided to devote my time to writing, I knew I had a lot to learn. After attending writers’ conferences, participating in writing groups, and reading books about writing, I made a list of ten abilities that I wanted to improve. Here’s my list, in no particular order. Click on a topic for ideas to improve in that area.

Discipline Skill – the ability to structure good writing habits into my life.

Persistence Skill – the ability to keep working when initial efforts don’t pay off right away.

Creativity Skill – the ability to recognize, combine, and develop good story ideas.

Networking Skill – The ability to connect with other professionals in the writing field.

Dramatic Skill – a sense of what will make people care and the ability to infuse authentic emotion into my writing.

Descriptive Skill – A flair for description that is clear, fresh, and concise.

Pacing Skill – A gut feeling of when the story is dragging or moving too fast.

Character Skill – A flair for creating memorable and genuine characters.

Story Sense – The ability to create a satisfying story arc with a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Style – The use of written language that is smooth and pleasing to the reader.

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