Focus on Your Writing Strengths
I’m in a weird space right now.
I published my novel about 2 months ago and continue to juggle a variety of projects, from paying client work to blogs and niche content.
But I’m not happy. Not even close.
Some of it’s to be expected. I spent a LOT of energy on my book, both emotional and physical. My creative resources are tapped.
So, while I thankfully have other manuscripts to work on, my thoughts are less about production now and more about what comes next. Specifically, my vision for a writing career I actually want.
I’ve been delving into my psychology background, which is the lens through which I process things when I’m stressed. I look inward to see what I can learn about myself and channel that knowledge outward. There’s a comfort in learning more about what makes you tick.
As part of my latest deep-dive, I reviewed the Enneagram typology and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, along with an approach I had never heard of called the CliftonStrengths® Assessment. Along with helping you pinpoint your assets, it offers this gem: Focus on your strengths to succeed, not your weaknesses.
It’s no mystery why this resonates with me right now. I have so little energy to give. Maybe as I recoup my reserves, I’ll be able to tackle more. But, for now, being selective is a blessing. It takes the pressure off and eliminates the need to “plug away” at those things I don’t really care for.
Of course, this approach means asking some tough questions.
- Where do my abilities fall short? Or, more simply, where am I wasting my time and energy?
- Where do I get the most return for my efforts (financial and emotional)?
- What kind of writing am I best at?
- What kind of writing excites me the most?
- And perhaps the most important question right now… What type of writing breeds the most frustration?
I know instinctively where I need to be and where my strengths and weaknesses are. But sometimes I need an entity outside myself to reinforce that…