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August Talok
11-14-2012, 11:51 PM
I'm curious, what is it that you personally believe you do best when writing. Something you just know you are good at.

For instance, I constantly seek help with much of my writing, but one thing I KNOW I'm good at is dialogue. It comes easy to me for some reason. Description and using commas properly - not so much.

I'm interested in hearing from my fellow writers what they do best. Something you know you kick arse at.

amrose
11-15-2012, 12:57 AM
Dialogue. And cutting. I am a master cutter when going through my self editing process.

Cyia
11-15-2012, 01:01 AM
Rambling, over-abundance of description, and abusing ellipses...

Kerosene
11-15-2012, 01:12 AM
Accessibility. I've had many people tell me they can easily jump into both my writing, the story and my SFF traits without being overloaded. Like, I don't push "my magic" system on them, it's just there. My writing is clear and easy to follow. I've also had people who don't like SFF, read my stories and absolutely love them because I don't force anything on them.

Other than that... dialogue? I've had a lot people tell me this too.

Jamesaritchie
11-15-2012, 02:09 AM
Beats me. I do think I'm wonderful at the most important part of writing, which is showing up on time. When it's time to write, I write.

LBlankenship
11-15-2012, 02:31 AM
My dialogue seems to come out well. My betas tell me I'm good at not infodumping -- I manage to get in just what the reader needs to know right now, without being obvious about it.

If you need a beta to take a machete to all the places you started rambling... :D

elindsen
11-15-2012, 03:18 AM
I'm awesome at telling ;)

triceretops
11-15-2012, 03:23 AM
I've been told I'm a stylist, and that's where my strength lies. I have to thank the metaphor and simile Gods for that. And I risk it.

Beachgirl
11-15-2012, 05:07 AM
I've been told I'm great at weaving in backstory. I've also been told I can heat up a room a good ten degrees...

kkbe
11-15-2012, 05:32 AM
"What do you mean, what do I do best?"
"Just what I said. Geez, you brain dead or something tonight?"
"Can it, jerkface. Can't you see I'm trying to write high-quality dialogue?"
"Yeah, well."
"What's that supposed to mean? Hey, I'm talking to you."
"Talkin'? Looks like you're typing, sweetheart."

:)

Johncs
11-15-2012, 05:35 AM
Something you know you kick arse at.

I rock the backspace key like nobody's business :)

VeronicaX
11-15-2012, 05:37 AM
Dialogue, most definitely. And, I've been told; to play with my readers' emotions.

Um.

:Shrug:

Ellielle
11-15-2012, 05:54 AM
I have a real knack for creating unlikeable characters. Not flat characters, not love-to-hate characters, just extremely unlikeable ones.

Unfortunately, this is not a skill that readers appreciate.

GiantRampagingPencil
11-15-2012, 06:28 AM
I've been told I write vivid, relentless action, and life-like vignettes.

MsLaylaCakes
11-15-2012, 06:35 AM
Description ....way too much of it.

katci13
11-15-2012, 06:49 AM
I'm good at everything. ^_^ Excepting writing queries. That I suck at. But I suppose I shine best at dialogue and characterization. I've been told I have very memorable and fully formed characters.

Siri Kirpal
11-15-2012, 07:07 AM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

Voice. Readers invariably tell me they love my voice.

And comparative freedom from typos. Readers usually comment on how "clean" my drafts are.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

AllieKat
11-15-2012, 07:14 AM
I think getting emotion/feeling into my stories.

blacbird
11-15-2012, 11:32 AM
Write shit nobody wants to read. I'm really really good at that.

caw

seun
11-15-2012, 03:32 PM
Hmm...I honestly have no idea. Swearing? Killing people? :)

bearilou
11-15-2012, 03:48 PM
Procrastinate.

Bufty
11-15-2012, 03:49 PM
If I say I'm best at something it scares me to then realise how much I still have to learn about it -and the other areas - so for that reason, "I'm out". :snoopy:

And, :Ssh:, don't believe everything other folk tell you. :poke:

Linda Adams
11-15-2012, 03:51 PM
Characterization. I can throw characters into a story, and they'll happen.

quicklime
11-15-2012, 05:14 PM
queries....now I need a finished novel to go with them :-(

Bushrat
11-15-2012, 11:50 PM
Procrastinate.

writingismypassion
11-16-2012, 01:34 AM
I think I'm best at dialogue. I love it and fear I use too much. :o

Layla Nahar
11-16-2012, 02:50 AM
I write a nice plain sentence.

Alexandra Little
11-16-2012, 03:14 AM
Pacing.

JoNightshade
11-16-2012, 03:27 AM
Characters. I suck at plot, but I can usually convince people to hang out with my characters for a few hundred pages or so.

And awkward. Everyone tells me I do awkward really well. That one comes naturally.

frankiebrown
11-16-2012, 04:19 AM
Staring at the cursor in my document. Blink... blink... blink...

Maramoser
11-16-2012, 05:24 AM
I'm good at writing drunk people. I get a weird amount of comments on it. I think it's cause I'm kind of an expert, being a college student and all. That's about the only thing I can do reliably well...sooo helpful. Lol.

richcapo
11-16-2012, 06:24 AM
Persevering.

crunchyblanket
11-16-2012, 11:39 PM
I'm bloody fantastic at never finishing anything I start.

Ergodic Mage
11-19-2012, 06:47 AM
I would like to think I'm very good at understanding my characters, giving them real personalities and motivations which are realistic and intriguing.
Now putting them words is a topic for a "What you do worst" thread.

rwm4768
11-19-2012, 08:48 AM
Let's see...

I'm good at telling instead of showing. I'm good at "As you know, Bob" dialogue. I'm good at writing cliched stories.

Oh, wait...is this supposed to be stuff we want to be good at?

In that case, I'll go with action scenes. They come to me much more easily than any other kind of scene. I hope I'm good at them because I write a lot of them.

Cracker
11-21-2012, 07:59 AM
I'm not sure what I'm good at. That's part of why I'm here. I do hope to find out.

strawberryblondie
11-21-2012, 08:17 AM
I've gotten a lot of compliments on my kissing scenes and the scenes where my characters are high.

ArachnePhobia
11-21-2012, 08:43 AM
The serious answer is, while I have no way to be objective, betas tell me my jokes work.

The honest answer is, I'm good at writing a 100,000-word outline for a 30,000-word novella. I excel at overwhelming baroque verbosity, and when I apply myself, I can even be too twee to stomach when I'm describing someone's eyeballs exploding ("They popped like chestnuts over an open fire!"). And speaking of weird metaphors...

muravyets
11-21-2012, 08:55 AM
I'm bloody fantastic at never finishing anything I start.
Ooh, I'm good at that, too. Let's have a contest! Though I'm trying to suck at it more.

I'm also good at overloading description, writing lists, and using the same words over and over. Luckily, I'm also good at chopping out crap.

I'm a whiz at obsessing way too much and suffering fits of despair and anxiety over the hopelessness of my future.

However, I'm told I'm also good at setting a scene, engaging the senses, and expressing emotion through my characters' actions. And that my stuff is often scary.

muravyets
11-21-2012, 08:57 AM
The serious answer is, while I have no way to be objective, betas tell me my jokes work.

The honest answer is, I'm good at writing a 100,000-word outline for a 30,000-word novella. I excel at overwhelming baroque verbosity, and when I apply myself, I can even be too twee to stomach when I'm describing someone's eyeballs exploding ("They popped like chestnuts over an open fire!"). And speaking of weird metaphors...
I don't know why, but I'm suddenly imagining a Quentin Tarantino movie that never was and a scene of eyeballs popping left and right in slow motion to a score of the Nat King Cole classic.

Susan Littlefield
11-21-2012, 09:53 AM
I am disciplined and make sure I use correct grammar and punctuation.

randi.lee
11-21-2012, 05:05 PM
I'm proud of my use of dialogue.

ArachnePhobia
11-22-2012, 02:00 AM
I don't know why, but I'm suddenly imagining a Quentin Tarantino movie that never was and a scene of eyeballs popping left and right in slow motion to a score of the Nat King Cole classic.

I wanna see that movie now. ;_;

Michel_Cayer
11-22-2012, 08:03 PM
I seem to have a knack for atmosphere. People tend to tell me they really see it in their minds. So I guess they get drawn into it.

Putputt
11-22-2012, 08:22 PM
I'm good at making my main characters total assholes. So much so that a few of my betas have chosen to side with my antagonist. ;_;

RobertEvert
11-24-2012, 04:42 AM
Staring at the cursor in my document. Blink... blink... blink...

I can dig that! Also, reading posts when I should be writing!!! :)

Anna Spargo-Ryan
11-27-2012, 02:47 PM
I think I'm fairly good at getting mood and sentiment on to a page.

I'm not much chop at the bits that go in between though!

butterfly
11-27-2012, 03:07 PM
People have told me my description is fantastic and my characters are clearly defined.

The problem (?) is that I perceive them as real. They walk around my head all day. I watch how they sit, drink coffee, whether they pick up something someone dropped or step on it.When I don't attend to them (on paper) they haunt me.

I'm good at wondering where the line is between a writer's mind and a nut case.

Six Alaric
11-27-2012, 03:32 PM
I've been told I write lovely prose. Although I have to wonder if comments about it were veiled warnings that my writing can be a tad purple.

Ms_Sassypants
11-27-2012, 04:27 PM
I like writing action. Though I'm not sure if I'm any good at it.

Writing the part where the character is running, falling, jumping, bleeding... ooooh I love those!

NeuroFizz
11-27-2012, 05:53 PM
Realizing that every story I write is different--each will have different strengths and require the use of different types of writing tools. This is the fun of writing.

ishtar'sgate
11-27-2012, 11:46 PM
I guess I'd have to say scene setting. Readers tell me they feel as if they are there.