Writers: What scenes do you like writing best?

13/06/2017 Writing 14

Writers: What scenes do you like writing best?Do other writers find that there are certain types of scenes that they absolutely love writing, whilst others feel like a bit of a drag? Because that’s something I’ve noticed about my writing process recently: my writing tends to massively slow down around certain points of the story, and then speed up when I get to the sections I consider to be ‘the good bits’.

Now in an ideal world I’d consider the entirety of my writing projects to be ‘good bits’, and my fingers would effortlessly dance across the keyboard whatever scene I’m writing… Unfortunately though I think it’s just a natural part of being a writer to have specific things that you really love writing, and others that you struggle with, or enjoy less.

So here are the parts I like writing the best, and I’d love to know your favourite scenes to write!

  • Fight/Action Scenes

I don’t know what it is with me and fight scenes, but I just love writing them! There’s just something about mentally choreographing these scenes that I really enjoy, and thanks to their fast paced nature I always feel like I write much faster when my characters are fighting!

  • Character banter

Whilst there are some aspects of writing dialogue that I find really difficult, I really like the lighter aspect of it, where the characters are mucking about and joshing each other. I just love writing humorously, and I think you can subtly reveal so much about a character from the way they interact and mess about with their friends, or verbally spar with their enemies.

  • Descriptions

For me, writing descriptions is one of the most creative parts of creative writing. I just love getting to paint pictures out of words, and to me there’s something truly wonderful about the thought of someone else reading my writing and being able to see in their mind what I’ve envisioned in mine…even if their own version will be very different.

And a couple of things I’m not so fond of writing:

  • Transition/Travel scenes

I don’t know what it is, but I really seem to struggle with those scenes where you want to let the reader know that time has passed, or that you’ve changed settings. I always just feel like I’m being too abrupt and jumping around too much, and I especially struggle writing travel scenes where you basically just want to say ‘the characters travel for a bit’ in an interesting way.

  • Conveying important information

‘Show don’t tell’ seems to be one of those integral writing rules, but I find it really hard to impart important information in a natural, unobtrusive way, and avoid the dreaded ‘info-dump’. Trying to slip it into dialogue is my usual way of tackling this problem, but it’s just so easy to end up doing the whole, “So as you know, you’re my brother”, thing.

So what scenes do you like writing the best? Are there any that you really struggle with, or don’t like writing as much?

14 Responses to “Writers: What scenes do you like writing best?”

  1. Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

    I really feel you on writing transition scenes. Sadly we can’t drop a ‘Six weeks later…’ though I certainly wish I could at times! 🙂 I actually tend to struggle with description, as I can have a really strong mental picture, but I never seem to be able to paint it “just right.” Oh well, it’s something I can work on!
    Lovely post! <3

    • Laura

      Yeah, being able to literally just write ‘six weeks later…’ would make things so much easier! Those transition scenes really do give me trouble! 🙂 I think I just like descriptions because I’m a rambler and it allows me to ramble, but I enjoy doing it, even if a lot of it probably has to go in the editing stage! I’m sure it’s something you can work on if that’s something you feel you struggle with 🙂

  2. Greg

    This is a tough one. I do think fight scenes do sometimes speed up my writing, now that I think of it. We must mentally get into the adrenaline rush or something as writers? And banter is nice when it flows. I love dialogue but sometimes it can be tough. 🙂

    Descriptions are another good one, although occasionally I have a hard time conveying the image in my head! But when it comes out good that’s a good feeling.

    Nice post!

    • Laura

      Yeah, maybe it is an adrenaline rush! I guess we’re fighting along with the characters in our heads 🙂
      And I totally agree, dialogue can be tough! Although I find the banter fairly easy, if I have to do dialogue with some specific purpose or where I’m trying to convey something important I find it can easily become stilted. It’s something I’ll have to work on.
      I’ve definitely had that before though too, where I’ve struggled to write out exactly what I’m seeing in my head, but for the most part I love descriptions because it allows me to ramble a bit. Whether anyone else can interpret what I’m seeing in my head from it, I don’t know, but I really hope so! 🙂

  3. Inge

    I personally think I am best at writing random, humorous dialogue. People are being snarky, smartasses, and are swapping insults back and forth. These things come almost naturally to me.

    Descriptions are harder. Writing in general can be really hard – you have this magical image in your head, but when you transcribe it into words, it just feels so… bleh.

    • Laura

      Random humorous dialogue is so fun to write, and it’s good if that comes naturally to you, because it makes giving your characters a sense of humour and personality so much easier! 🙂
      I’ve definitely experienced that before though where you have something great in your head and it just doesn’t come our right, and I hate that feeling! 🙁

  4. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    I don’t think I’ve done enough writing to know what specific types of scenes I like, but I was just talking on Twitter the other day about how dialogue is what comes easiest to me. I have all these “scenes” written from various different books and stories and ideas I have that are just dialogue lol because sometimes they just come to me, but I find it so much harder to figure out how to explain the facial expressions, movements, etc. of the characters in some way that sounds natural! So action scenes would probably be hardest for me.

    • Laura

      Dialogue is a good one to find relatively easy, as that can be tough! I’m alright with banter, but when the dialogue is serious, I start to struggle a lot more. I imagine a lot of people find that the ideas that come to them are related to the parts of writing they find easiest – I definitely have a lot of fight scenes come to mind when I’m thinking of ideas, or bits of banter between characters when I’m trying to come up with characters.
      And I’m sure you’ll get the hang of the facial expressions and movement stuff with a bit of practice. That’s how I’ve been trying to improve my transition scenes, by trying out a few different ways of doing it and practicing it where I can.

  5. Etheray

    For me, I don’t really fancy writing dialogues, especially those simple, boring ones. Except in some cases, where I get an idea for a really cute, quirky or meaningful conversation :p In my case, I always anticipate the describing parts! I love drawing pictures with my words. What I lack,very unfornately, is imagination. Give me a picture and I can describe every single detail, from that dirty spot on the floor to the peculiar birds in the sky. My problem is I can’t imagine up a vibrant enough scene for myself to describe. Now that is a big problem! What should I do? Should I be reading more?

    • Laura

      If you can describe images well but aren’t as good at imagining your own scenes, maybe you could use that to your advantage and use pictures as a jumping off point for your descriptions? So you could use a photograph or a piece of artwork to inspire your setting, and just add as few little touches of your own to make it yours. It can be really hard describing things you’ve just come up with off the top of your head, so I know what you mean. I hope this helps! 🙂

  6. Olivia Roach

    I’m a character driven reader, and although the funny contrast is that I write more plot based books, I write the character emotionally charged scenes best. The dialogue, or the emotional moments. Mostly because they are connected to me myself in some personal way, and they seem more real and flow easily!

    • Laura

      I definitely get what you mean about the emotionally charged moments being more connected to you. I feel like that too, and I think a lot of it is because I can channel my own feelings that I’ve had at different points of my life into the writing, and it’s just so much easier to write from experience 🙂

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