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What do you feel is your
biggest 'writerly' fault
and how do you deal with it?
“I’m terrible at marketing. Because I work full time as well as write, I just don’t have the time to dedicate to marketing my books. My hubby helps with this a bit, and I’m now participating in several author groups on Facebook where we cross-promote our work.”
“Perfectionism. I want everyone to love my stories and I know that is impossible. I try to remind myself that if I just do what I do best, if I just tell a story to the best of my ability and one person likes it, then that is enough.”
“Confidence. I get so terrified I will do something wrong that in the middle of a great writing streak I completely freeze and feel the need to stop until I feel more confident again. I try to overcome it by teaching myself to write for myself, that way there is no failure because the act of writing is in and of itself success. After all, there are always edits and rewrites!”
“I tend to rush things. Reviewers have called my books fast-paced, which they are, but sometimes I have to consciously remind myself to SLOW DOWN. I usually write the second half of my books too quickly and have to go back and flesh things out in revisions to keep it from being too quick.”
“I can be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to writing and when I feel myself getting worked up I calm myself down by taking several deep breaths.”
“To not have patience. There is no right way to patience, each day, every day in this industry tests your patience. I have learned to sit back, breath - it will always work out. Sometimes you have to take a step back and let it all fall in place.”
“I would say that editing is my biggest challenge. I get so caught up in editing and it ends up taking so much time. And even though I have an editor I still tend to over edit.”
“My biggest fault as an author is my pessimism. I see the glass half empty sometimes and that can have a really negative effect on your work. You can start to think, “I’m never going to get this done,” or “I’m wasting my time here, no one is going to like this.” If you start thinking that way, then you lose all drive to write. I have to give myself a slap sometimes.”
“Homonyms. *sigh* Where I right the incorrect spelling of common words… snicker. Once I’d written, “vile” which was supposed to be “vial” four times in Everblue and it was missed by all my beta readers and proofers. *headdesk* Now I hire someone to read my stuff so I don’t do that anymore.”
“Time. I am a full time teacher, wife, mother…. This leaves very little time to write and hone my craft. I wish I could write more, take writing classes, attend more writer’s workshops and retreats…”
–Amy Maurer Jones
“Well at this point I’ve been getting a lot of reviews stating that I over-explain the whole prison system in Dehumanized. I’ve realized that my problem is that I overstate things. I noticed it in my writing once the reviews starting coming in, and I’m working on that. I haven’t gotten a method to fix it yet other than to be observant, but hopefully it’ll become second nature to curb the fault.”
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