Last week someone posed a question to the members of an online professional writer’s group that got a lot of people talking: What’s your greatest asset as a writer?
Quite a few writers responded and the answers were illuminating.
Some writers said their greatest asset was writing well on deadline. Others said it was their resilience, tenacity or stubbornness that was a plus.
Having a logical mind, being curious, having the ability to learn new things, and being a quick study also made the list.
One writer said being thorough was an asset; another mentioned flexibility. Another said being able to ask the right questions was at the top of the list.
At least four writers stated their greatest writing asset was the ability to make complex material easy to understand.
Taking complex information and making it accessible to readers takes years of practice. It reminded me of a quote about creativity attributed to jazz great Charles Mingus. “Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can play weird, that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”
What makes you a good writer at work?
Perhaps you haven’t pondered that before. I’m sure many on-the-job writers don’t think of themselves as “writers.” For many, writing is just a necessary part of communicating at work and getting things done.
But I hope you’ll stop to think about your everyday business writing and ask yourself, “What’s my greatest asset as a writer?”
Are you deadline oriented? Tenacious when finding solutions to problems? Are you thorough in your writing efforts?
Are you creative in the sense of taking a technical topic and making it easy to understand?
What characteristics make you a good writer? I hope you’ll share your answers here.