Sunday, May 19, 2013

Writing Inventory

Taking inventory of the role writing plays in our lives helps us to acknowledge what’s working and to pinpoint what areas still need work. In the context of writing for Jesus, our strengths are areas to be grateful for. Identifying weak areas can direct our efforts to improve The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill offers writers a self-inventory that can provide useful insights into our writing.

What kinds of writing do you do on a regular basis?

What is your favorite kind of writing? Why?

Describe yourself as a writer using five adjectives.

What is your biggest challenge as a writer? What kinds of critiques have you received from readers?

What is your greatest strength as a writer? What do other people normally praise about your writing style?

If you could change one thing about your writing or your writing process, what would it be?

Have you changed as a writer over the last five years? If so, how? Why?

Describe yourself sitting down to write an important piece of writing.
Where are you?
What are you writing with? (A computer? Pen and paper?)
Is there music or other distraction in the background?
How do you feel? (Anxious? Excited? Relaxed? Nauseated?)
What are you thinking about? (Your audience? Your ideas?)

Did you find this exercise helpful? What did you learn about your writing that you had not realized before? What area will you take steps to improve upon this week?

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  1. I like this. This is helpful, yes. This is great: "Describe yourself as a writer using five adjectives." :-)

  2. Nice inventory. It's always good to remember who we are and why we write. It can be so discouraging and there is so much outside influence (critiques, writing craft books, etc) that it's easy to forget or get confused as to why we do it.