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Friday, September 10, 2010

Fiction Friday


My friend said this to me last week and I wanted to share it with you:

We're all gifted with a writing strength - that thing that comes easy and makes us want to keep working.

And we're all gifted with a writing weakness - that thing that forces us to rely on God and devote ourselves to becoming better.

Notice both the strength and the weakness are gifts.

If you are a writer-- of fiction or nonfiction-- what is your strength? What is your weakness? Do you acknowledge them both as such?

I am in the process of defining both in my life. I can reel off my weaknesses with no problem. I am finding it's harder to point out my own strengths. And yet, I want to praise God for both of these gifts. Not in a boastful way, but in a humble, "thank You for these gifts" way.

Strengths and weaknesses. We bring both to the table. The challenge is to see them clearly and maintain a thankful attitude for both.

If you haven't identified your strengths and weaknesses, spend time today doing so. It's a challenging process, I will warn you!
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6 comments:

Naima Lewis said...

Wow! God is AWESOME! He knows just what we need, when to give it to us, and how. I thank God for your articles. I am going through a financial struggle, and reading your article on truly was very uplifting, inspiring, and encouraging. God Bless you and your family.

Digging for Pearls said...

How thought provoking and a very good questions. I'm not sure what my strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to writing. Guess I've never analyzed it before! :)

Blessings,
Jodie Wolfe

amandatdodson said...

I'm w/ you - I can reel off the weaknesses quick but don't take the time to appreciate the strengths. Hmmm ... going to do that today. Thanks for sharing!

Debra said...

Hi Marybeth,
Good post, I will have to think on this today.
Have a good weekend.
Hugs, Debra

Shonna Slayton said...

You know, I can spot my crit partners' strengths and weaknesses without even trying hard. But my own? Hmm. This may take some time. My weaknesses can lurk in blind spots. My strengths probably come so easy I don't think about them. Good challenge!

Cheri Bunch said...

Thank you! I will ponder these things. Blessings, Cheri