The Meme! The Meme!

Malachy has tagged me with a meme started — and invented — by Patrick. It’s a good one, because it forces you to really stop and analyze your writing. And it’s way harder than I expected.

Here are the rules:

“Make a list of five strengths that you possess as a writer/artist. It’s not really bragging, it’s an honest assessment (forced upon you by this darn meme). Please resist the urge to enumerate your weaknesses, or even mention them in contrast to each strong point you list. Tag four other writers or artists whom you’d like to see share their strengths.”

1. I’m good with dialogue. Especially at creating a different way of speaking for each character.

2. I have a strong sense of rhythm. I know when to speed a play up, slow a scene down, get ahead of the audience, or let them be smarter than the characters. And I know when dialogue should be quick back-and-forth vs. longer speeches.

3. Writing for actors. I’ve had a lot of feedback from actors that my stuff is fun to do.

4. I have no problem with feedback or rejection. Probably something that comes from having worked in advertising agencies. I’m used to writing six or seven radio spots for every one that runs, so I have no problem analyzing which of my plays are best and which are “learning experiences.” I don’t get so attached to one play that I can’t work on the next one. And I’m not one of those types who freaks out when getting notes in rehearsal or at a talkback.

5. When I write something meant to be funny, it’s usually pretty damn funny.

I tag:

Prince, Marisela, Enrique, Peter


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