How good of a writer are you?

I think I’m pretty decent, I have, I am and I do manage to write draft after draft and I have enough of a critical eye that when I look back on my work I can┬ásee what needs to change. However, I also know I’ve been in situations where I have overestimated my skill level and have been disappointed during a draft.

But I also know that I’m not like other writers. I won a few creative writing awards as a child, but not as an adult. I’m going to self-publishing route, not the traditional one. Both have their own journeys and skill sets.

What are you trying to say!? aka what are your themes

Before you start to write your story you need to think about “What you are trying to say?” or what is the theme of your narrative. Having an entertaining/engaging story is all well and good, but without an overall message it doesn’t really go anywhere.

It is not as powerful as it could be, it is not as thought provoking as it can be, it is not as long lasting to the reader as should be.

During my bachelor’s I somehow found it difficult to grasp what a theme was. I mean how do you describe it when you don’t understand it? It wasn’t until the idea that a theme was an idea or multiple ideas that traveled through a text did it finally click! Now it made sense when a lecturer/tutor asked what are the themes of your story.

As a writer you need to ask yourself, “What do you want your readers to take away from your work?”. Is it resilience, love, friendship or perseverance? What ever it is you need to make sure that you are either shouting it loud and clear or inferring it through sneaky clever writing. You have to have a good enough grasp of words, sentence and narrative structure that you are able to communicate your idea.