As I approach the scary saggy middle section of my work-in-progress, I’ll do anything to distract myself. Today I even considered dusting, but I quickly remembered I had a blog post to write.
That’s the good thing about being a writer. I have willpower. What other qualities are helpful to a writer?
1. An analytical mind – You need to enjoy spending time thinking about situations and their possibilities, as well as all the problems that come up when your characters get themselves into tricky situations.
2. The power of observation – You notice details in the world around you—smells, tastes, sounds or sights—that other people often don’t even register.
3. An ear for language – You like the sounds of words and you have a natural sense of the rhythm of conversations.
4. Good fine motor skills – It definitely helps when your fingers can keep up with the thoughts spilling from your brain.