1) Plot structure: where to place scenes in your novel for maximum effect. Not so hot. Maybe a 5. 2) Show vs Tell. Easy, a 10. 3) Scene transition. Easy, a 9. I used to struggle with this, then something almost snapped. 4) Character development. 10. I know my people better than I know my friends or family. I m in on every secret, even the ones they try not to think about. 5) Plot development. 4, and that s being generous with myself. This remains my major weakness. 6) Making sentences and paragraphs flow well together. A 9. I ll think I m doing 10-level work--until I get feedback. 7) Having an interesting beginning. 10. Hook are easy. 8) Having an interesting ending. 10. Endings are easy. 9) Twists. An 8 or 9. I often produce a twist then work the plot around it. 10) Voice. A 10, easy for me. I get inside the narrator s head pretty deep. 11) Finding your own writing style. Hm. A 7 or 8. It wasn t hard, but it took a lot of words. 12) Making it interesting from beginning to end. Easy enough, an 8 13) The middle. Agony, despite a lot of years. A 3 14) The climax. Easy, a 10 15) Using active voice rather than passive. [Yes there s a reason to use passive voice, but not throughout your novel.] Easy. Can I have an 11? 16) Anything you want to add that I forgot. I m a 10 at producing an emotional response, when that s what I m going for. If I can make you care, I can make you cry. Joss, your questions on writing are always fun. Thanks for asking this one and all the others.