RTW: Writing superpower and kryptonite

Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.”

This week’s topic:

What are your writing and publishing superpowers (drafting? beta-reading? writing queries? plotting? character creation? etc.) — and what’s your kryptonite?

My superpowers:

1) Passion for writing. I just love writing. I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. This is my dream job.

2) Ideas. My ideas and premises are all sort of original. For my paranormal stuff, I create monsters on my own (no more vamps and werewolves and angels, pls!) and create fantastic worlds and all the rest. It’s really good.

3) Opening and closing of scenes and chapters. At least that’s what my beta-readers and editors tell me. I’m quick to identify setting, identify the conflict and expose the tension, and finish with something hanging so the reader wants to keep reading. I guess that’s good, right?

4) Main Character. I add layers and layers of awesomeness and more layers and layers with flaws we can relate to. Also, they all have a hobby that enriches and adds to their personality, like singing, dancing, playing some sports, painting, collecting something, whatever …


My kryptonites:

1) Self-doubt. I start a story with all the confidence in the whole, then, half-way through it, I’m doubting it’s going anywhere. Will it be good? Will others like it? It’s the same when I’m querying and I have fulls out. Omg, why did I send that crap, it wasn’t good enough, it wasn’t ready LOL

2) Deadline. In the meaning that I need one. Self-imposed deadlines work for a while … and I confess I’m better when I know someone expects to see my work after that deadline. I work better under pressure.

3) Ideas. Same as my superpower Ideas, but the next part of it. My ideas are awesome, but then I start adding complications and sub-plots … and it suddenly starts to look too big for simple me to handle. It’s like I don’t feel I’m the right writer for them, like they need a much, much better writer …

4) Grammar. English is my Second Language. Some people swear they would never know if I didn’t tell them and a freelance proofreader once said my grammar is better than many American writers she already worked with (poor girl, had very bad clients lol), but I know it’s not perfect. I always hire a freelance editor before sending my work out.

5) Age. Not in the sense that it’s bad, but it brings me down when I stop to think about it too much. I like to write what some people call New Adult, but it’s not very accepted by agents and editors. Many, many people suggest I switch to YA or adult, and the thought of rewriting all my manuscripts just to adjust that freaks me out. I’ve been trying to adjust my NaNo novel from NA to YA and oh what a headache, and it also makes me blue.

6) Impatience. I’m the most impatient person I ever known. Oh, believe me, I know publishing and writing are all about waiting and waiting and waiting … but don’t you want to strangle waiting and impatience and time sometimes? I do. I wish I was a calm and very patient person. Unfortunately, I’m not.


As I suspected when I started this post, I found more weak spots than strong ones. And I bet that if I spent a lot of time thinking about this topic I would find many more kryptonites and a few other super powers, but these are the ones that came up on the top of my head.


Your turn. What are your writing/publishing superpowers and kryptonites?


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