|Just imagine that Writer Girl's clenched fist holds a pen. (Make your own here!)|
Look! Sitting at the desk! It's a hunched turtle! No, it's Writer Girl!
I can leap tall stacks of books in a single bound! I can type faster than a speeding bullet!
Okay, those aren't really my superpowers. I'm not inclined to label anything I do as a writer as superpower-like. Mostly, I feel like I work hard, and humanly so. There is nothing superhuman about the hours I spend at my desk, thinking and typing and reading and pondering and revising and editing and doubting and trying again and still writing.
But if I had to assign myself a superpower, I'd say it's query crafting. Call me crazy, but I loved writing the query letter for the MS for which I sought (and got) rep. It was my chance to extol the virtues of my MS! It was a chance to send my ideas out into the world! And I just really like writing letters! I had fun, actually, figuring out what I wanted to say about my book and how best to say it. Then my querying process was quick--I sent out a small batch, had a great response rate, and signed with my awesomesauce agent within 2 months from when I started writing my letter.
I'm much more comfortable talking about my Kryptonite, which is self doubt. Maybe you think that calling self doubt my Kryptonite is like answering the dreaded interview question, "What's your greatest weakness?" with "I'm just too much of a perfectionist"--a cop out. Yet self doubt can be a hugely limiting thing. It's hard to do good, creative work if you aren't letting yourself take risks. It's hard to work through a shitty first draft if you can't trust yourself to build on it with time and effort. Self doubt is something I struggle with a lot, and while I've thankfully found plenty of work-arounds, I am still hoping to find that an antidote exists.
What about you, writer-friends: what's your superpower, and what's your Kryptonite?