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.
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?