There are so many times I see glaring flaws in my own work, but don’t always know how to fix them. There are things that I know I’m not good at and struggle with. Maybe someday those parts of the writing process will get easier, but I don’t really know. Some of the things I see as flaws may not be flaws at all, but I lust over talents that seem to come other writers, and not to me. Sometimes I wish…
That I had more poetry in me. I feel like my writing is stripped down and sparse, sometimes too much to the point. I adore gorgeous prose, and the unusual juxtaposition of words that can make you imagine things in ways you couldn’t with just your eyes and your senses.
That I could edit faster. I hear other writers talk about how edits take just a few weeks (not months, not years) and that they can process through rounds of feedback quickly. How do they do it? Some of these people aren’t taking any more time on their first drafts than I do. How do they get enough distance from the writing between drafts? A month isn’t enough for me. Maybe our minds just don’t work the same way.
That I was better showing the inner world of my character’s minds. I realize that I’ve expected their actions, and decisions, to tell who they are, just like in the real world, but novels don’t have that constraint. I have a hard time figuring out what’s too much and what’s not enough.
Three wishes upon a star. If you could wish for any extra writing abilities (or abilities in general) what would they be?