I am pleased to announce that in this very post, I will participate in my first Meme. Absolute Vanilla & Atyllah (Or AbV, as I’ve taken to calling her) was nice enough to tag me. Now, according to her blog, I’m to consider the following:

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.

As I read the rules, I realized this Meme would be terribly hard. Not because I can’t come up with five strengths, but because I’d have to choose only five, from hundreds!

HA! Let us begin.

That’s right, I said it. The courage I refer to is in the face of adversity. Adversity in this instance personified as red-faced, ADHD editors with twitching fingers poised over the “delete” key. Nah, I’m not really as bitter as all that. But, really, it takes courage to continually send out stories, knowing that chances are you’ll receive a form rejection letter. Also, courage to try different things in my writing. For the most part, I know what magazines are looking for. And yet, I still push in each and every story. I push to create something different. I push to create something unique. I push to get pushed back, and it takes courage.

Literary Sensibility
I try to work a certain literary sensibility into all my work, which you don’t often see in genre writing, especially horror. It’s a hard thing to do well, and I’m not sure I do. But I try. Think Hemingway and Hawthorne. Think Edgar Allan Poe. These are heroic writers. Ones I admire.

There’s not too much to say about this. It’s just something I’m proud of in my writing. I always try to work a good sense of atmosphere into my stories. I feel it is an integral part of writing, and just as important as plot. I use atmosphere more than anything as a way to put my readers on edge. Atmosphere is scarier than blood and guts any day.

I think there’s a better word for it, but i can’t think of it for some reason (Making “vocabulary” understandably absent from this list). What I mean is the ability to say a lot without spelling it out for the reader. I love making my characters speak volumes through facial expressions and body language.

I try my damnedest to infuse humor in my writing. It doesn’t always happen, but when it does, it’s a great feeling. Humor and horror work hand in hand. There’s nothing like putting the reader on edge only to relieve the pressure through a good laugh. I find it’s also an important tool in longer pieces when I need to vary pacing.

Now, for the fun part. I tag Anita, Sury, Clyde, and Paul.