But do you know your weaknesses? If so, how do you approach resolving them? Do you take care of it after the first draft, or do you try to fix the issue as it is happening?
Personally, I have issues with characterization. Often I place too much focus on the ideas and not enough on establishing a connection to the character (for the reader). I know I do this every single time, and my problem seems to be that when I try to fix it as it occurs, my characterization feels forced or I simply lose interest. I'm working on resolving this, because I want my stories to have more impact for readers beyond the "gosh wow" effect.
I have other weaknesses, but right now that seems to be the primary and most pressing one. I'm not sure how to fix it at this point. A lot of the exercises I've found for creating better characters seem to require you to think up useless facts about your characters. I prefer not to think of my characters as bundles of uselessness. They have purposes, desires, interests, etc., and I prefer fiction that highlights those things that are important to the story as a whole. Maybe that's my problem.
Knowing your weaknesses is important, though, because acknowledging where you need to work the most can help drive you forward as a writer, even if that movement is one plodding, sluggish step at a time.
What are your weaknesses and how do you deal with them? Let me know in the comments!