Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This week's topic:
What are your writing and publishing superpowers (drafting? beta-reading? writing queries? plotting? character creation? etc.) -- and what's your kryptonite?
When I first sat down to think about this, two superpowers popped into my head right away, and then a WHOLE LOT of kryptonite. No, for reals. Like my kryptonite list is STILL writing itself. But I think that's the nature of the writer. We are our own worst critic, so I decided that I'd only list five. And then I forced myself to come up with five superpowers too.
1) Authentic dialogue – I attribute it to my theater background and being around teenagers all day. And my ninja wall-creeping skills.
2) First chapters/premises—I can write an intriguing, explosive, hooking first chapter. And I have these KILLER premises. Now if I could just figure out how to back that up in the rest of my story. Hmm.
3) Funny (or maybe I’m just kidding myself—get it, kidding myself? Ha). Seriously though, I am like the most boring person in real life with no witty comebacks EVER, but I can write funny. Not LOL like John Green or anything, but well, I can make myself laugh.
4) Critiquing—I’m far from a grammar Nazi, but I am thorough. And
5) My passion—for my stories. For my characters. For writing and books in general. That passion transfers to my stories and I can definitely tell my eh scenes from my WOW-some ones, the ones I wrote with heart.
And when you’re passionate about something, you tend to sell other people on it too.
As for my kryptonite?
1) Plots and subplots and sub-sub plots and sub-sub-sub plots and… Yeah, my stories can get wicked complicated.
2) Back story—when I first started writing, I was all about some info dump. Then, I veered the other extreme and didn’t provide the reader enough information. I’m still trying to find the balance.
3) Em-dash and her evil twin ellipsis. I’ve calmed down—a little…or not.
4) Overwriting—or what I now refer to as my love of writing crappy first drafts.
5) Self-imposed deadlines—I drive myself nuts with these, like I set the bar TOO high sometimes.
Okay, could seriously go on, but I'll stop.
YOUR turn! What's YOUR writing superpower? And what's YOUR kryptonite? And don't forget to hop on over to YA Highway to check out everyone else's powers!