“Who are you?” That’s a question I’ve been asking myself for years, not only for writing but for myself personally as well. My specific personality is odd, and most of it alludes to how I write. When I was younger, I constantly changed personalities, I reinvented myself into characteristics I saw in others. The reason I did this was simple, if you became like someone it was easier to understand them. If it’s easier to understand someone you just broaden your outlook on something. For years I switched between personalities but never once became myself. Recently, I discovered the easiest way to find who I was and it was to write. Writing to me is special, it gives me a way to cope with emotions, bad memories or a happiness I can’t describe. I write fantasy, I find a way to take the experiences in my life and morph them into a fantasy setting so it’s more enjoyable for both myself and the reader. I can’t say I know exactly who I am as a writer but I do know what I focus on and what my strong points are. I can write a plot, no problem, I will write a plot twist that you won’t see coming with ease, and the best part is it’ll line up with many clues I had written prior. I’m also very detailed with character development, simply because that lines up with plot. Description of an area is usually the next easiest thing for me, I can describe a setting with simple words that (somehow) make the clearest picture. My weak points is getting started, sure I can write out the first couple paragraphs but I can’t ever get the center going. I can write the main plot points no problem, I can write the introduction with a bit of effort but other parts just do not come to me as easily. Besides those things, I still am unsure of who I am as a writer.
Since we have started this class I have continued on with finding myself as a person as the class started on finding my writer side. After a bit of researching myself compared to others I’d say my strong points are definitely my characters and plot. My weaker points would be conflict scenes, highly concentrated emotional scenes or places where you need to add in a lot of hard evidence. Sure I can write fantasy but when it comes to more serious topics it’s very business-like and less of an opinion. That may not be terrible but in another sense I’m no longer being myself as a writer, I’m simply writing as if it was an assignment I have to do, not one that I want to do. This opens my eyes to my own opinions of serious topics and how I need to harness what it is I believe.