I've been tagged by Potsy:
When it comes to writing, what do you know you're good at, and what aspect of writing are you worst at? (Procrastination is not permitted as either part of the answer.)
I think this is probably an exercise that every writer should do, whether we share it or not, as we can play to our strengths and try and improve our weaknesses. Although I hate doing it.
Dialogue. If there's a problem with a script then it's rarely the dialogue. Although by the time it gets to someone else I would have done a few passes on it.
Re-writing. I've been told my re-writing to notes or cutting for time is quick. Left to my own devices I'll take forever but if it needs to be changed for a production, it's no bother. As long as it's made clear to me what's needed, obviously.
Conflict. I'm annoyed this is a weakness as I'm happy watching and writing small personal stories with subtle conflicts that might be indicated by just a look or a word. However those of us who love slow-burn, low-fi or mumble-core dramas are few and far between.
So I need to go for big personal stories and really obvious conflicts, if I want to rake in the cash.
Perfectionism. If I can't do it properly then I won't bother and if I do it and it falls below my own standards then I beat myself up - literally.
What's missing with lots of writers is the ability to be self-critical but going to the other extreme and being over-critical is daft and completely unnecessary.
For example I've thought I wasn't good enough to do my own British version of Buffy but we've now had Torchwood and Demons.
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