Based on a Talk by Chad Allen
During the last weekend of February, I attended the Re:Write Conference in Austin, Texas. This blog post is the first in a series about the conference and what expert writers and marketers taught on how to improve your writing. Remember: If you like anything in this blog, just highlight it and you’ll get an option to automatically share the info on Facebook or Twitter!The path to profound accomplishments is *through* your weakness @ChadRAllen #RewriteConf Click To Tweet
Chad Allen, editorial director for Baker Books and creator of Book Proposal Academy, gave a talk on why embracing your weakness is an important key to growing as a writer.
It’s easy to want to avoid our weaknesses. Facing them is emotionally difficult and can sometimes take quite a bit of time. When you’re under a deadline or just feeling under the gun, you might think the quicker avenue to achieving your writing goals is going around your weaknesses. But Chad advises that this is wrong and can, in the end, actually slow you down. In fact, he said, “The path to our most profound accomplishments is going *through* our weakness, not around it.”
So be honest with yourself. What are the biggest weaknesses in your writing life? Write them down. When Chad asked the question during the conference, I was able to write way too many! One of mine is perfectionism when it comes to creative writing. Another, which goes along with it, is being WAY too hard on myself with my fiction works. Pretty much everything I write in the fiction arena, I look back on later and think, “This is terrible! Ugh. No one would want to read this.” It’s why I have a few novels that I never submitted to agents or publishers. But you know what? That attitude is also an easy way to ensure not experiencing rejection. So that weakness could stop me from moving forward and achieving my goals.Embrace honesty with yourself and your readers. @ChadRAllen #RewriteConf Click To Tweet
In Chad’s talk, he suggested embracing honesty not just with yourself, but with others. Sometimes, the most powerful works of writing are the ones that are authentic and honest. Those will resonate with your readers, don’t you think?
Why is embracing your weakness so important? Because, Chad explained, creative tension — which is found at the place where creativity intersects with your weaknesses — is where life-giving content is born.
While you’re examining your heart and considering your weaknesses, he suggested also thinking about one or two small things that you can do to help your creativity. Is there a small, practical step you can take to energize yourself or give you motivation? For me, that might be simply waking up an hour earlier and taking that quiet time to write. For you, that might be committing to writing 1,000 words a week or one blog post every week. Whatever it is, write it down and commit to it.What small thing can you do to motivate your creativity? @ChadRAllen #ReWriteConf Click To Tweet
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