Bear with me a moment, or better yet BARE with me ... I'm rather famous for preferring nakedness after all, and as long as we're grasping at strengths, no point leaving out even those that might seem silly at first glance ...
Well ... I can wriggle my nose (or wiggle, if you're in the US)--up and down like a bunny.
In fact, I have a full repertoire of silly faces. Any of you who cares to buy me a number of drinks in a dimly lit bar can see them if you'd like, but I can assure you I was once called a cartoon. They really ARE silly faces.
I can write a limerick... wait, not tell ... better to SHOW you that:
A limerick's a mighty fine skill
Overlooked in the arts, if you will
Need a wee bit of rhyming
and a little more timing
And a couple of glasses of swill
Okay, so anybody can write a limerick, but I've devoted a bit of time to it *shifty*
Sadly, silly faces and limericks aren't really key qualities to the publishing industry though, so I had to just give those skills amiss and ask what OTHER skills I had...
So what AM I good at that's USEFUL?
- I have a couple psych degrees, so characterization comes pretty naturally.
- I seem to have a knack for a bendy plot—this can be bad, too—or rather, it pigeonholes me for genre—it creates a definite challenge for Young Adult stuff, but it fits mystery very well.
- I'm definitely persistent (I think any of us who write books regularly are—we have to be).
- But really the strength that defines me—the one that is less common, is humor. I'm sort of a nut.
Dead people. Solving the mystery ... but lots of laughs mixed in there, most often through the personalities of a couple key characters.
And you know what? When you find the genre that suits your strengths, it really feels like playing to write ... At least until the reviews start rolling ...