In the 6th grade, we took a statewide test that assessed our writing abilities, and I scored high under having a strong opinion. But in college, I received papers back that said “too idiosyncratic”.
Looking back, I feel those two moments define the evolution of my writer’s voice. And I like that. I like my voice. (Toot! Toot!)
Writing also comes easily. I don’t get writers block (you will now), and I don’t say this to brag. Maybe I don’t believe in it. I get stuck, sure, but I think you need to keep returning to it, give it space, or let it go. I used to commiserate with my friends when they complained about writing papers because it seemed weird to say anything contrary.
But if I was honest, I loved the challenge. I liked sitting with all these library books open around me in the computer lab, trying to figure out where to put citations, and how I was going to craft my latest art history or archaeology paper. Word count was never a problem either. (You can put the horn down now, little lady.)
Although, I think in order to appreciate your strengths, you need feedback because we’re often blind to our own unique qualities. What have folks said about your writing that’s made you feel great?