Worksheet #38 – Skill Set Checklist
Professional writers never stop trying to learn and improve. Natural talent is a boon, but developing a strong skill set requires work.
Below is a list of skills useful for a fiction writer. How would you rate yourself for each–mastered, good, developing, or weak?
Formatting a document
Showing, not telling
Telling when appropriate
Remaining in POV
Establishing a theme
Clear central conflict
Showing character emotions
Use of setting
Writing romantic scenes
Strong opening lines
Creating rising tension
Writing a twist
Writing scenes with a clear goal
Intriguing secondary characters
Balancing primary and secondary storylines
Clear character arcs
Knowing what to cut
Strong chapter endings
Writing a satisfying ending
Good research skills
What other skills would you list?
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