by Nancy Casey
What are you good at? What kinds of things do you do well? Think about that while you get ready to write.
Do a little moving around before you sit down with your writing stuff. When you move around and get the blood flowing, ideas will flow, too. What kind of moving around are you good at?
Do you have skills you seem to have been born with? What has always been easy for you?
What skills have you learned on your own? Consider what motivated you to learn this. A chance of a job? A change of relationships? A health issue? A childhood fantasy?
Do you have a skill that makes other people ask you for help?
When we are good at something, it might feel easy to do. Or it might not. Are you good at something that you also find difficult to do?
Just because a person is good at something doesn’t mean that they like to do it. For example lots of people are good at their jobs but wouldn’t be doing that job if they didn’t need to earn a living.
In addition to being good at doing certain things, a person can also be good at showing restraint. Someone who is a great talker can also be a skilled listener. When you are helping someone learn something, you need the patience not to interfere and just do it yourself because you are so good at it. What kinds of inaction are you good at?
Fill up a page today by writing about what you are good at. Draw a line at the top of the page where you can put a title when you are finished. Set aside some space for illustration or doodling.
Explain what you are able to do and why you are good at it. Add as many details as you like. You might find yourself writing about one single skill that you have. Or your page might look more like a list. You could even organize it alphabetically.
However you fill the page, read over your work when you have finished. Make small changes if you need to. Add some color or decoration to the page if you haven’t already. When you are satisfied with the whole thing, give it a title and write the date on it, too.
Here is an example of what someone could write.
You can share your work by posting it as a comment below. You can type it in, or take a photo of it and upload the image.
Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. She occasionally teaches a Write-For-You class at the Recovery Center. For more information about classes, writing coaching and writing certificates, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Center.