"Ugh, I hate writing action scenes."
I've heard that from two different writers this past week. And both times I experienced a glowing sense of schadenfreude. I'm good at action scenes.
Okay, I feel a little obnoxious gloating. But on the flip side, I think writers (or at least, the ones I hang out with!) don't celebrate their strengths enough. We complain about how hard writing is, we complain about stilted dialogue, flat characters, action scenes with complicated choreography. But do we post about how we wrote a really swoon-worthy love scene? Or a beautiful description of the waves washing in on the beach?
I guess, especially as unpublished authors, we don't want to sound arrogant. But we should be proud of the things we do well, especially when we work so hard.
So what are you proud of in your writing? What types of scenes are you good at?
For me, I do like action scenes. Or rather, I'm good at dialogue. I can hear it in my head, the rhythm, the speed, the emotion. I love nothing better than two characters screaming at each other. Or big family dinners with several different, competing personalities thrown in the mix.
I also do setting well. Perhaps because I'm such a visual person. My settings correspond to the mood of my story almost without thought. I'm always conscious of where my characters are, so it's easy for me to add in those details and make them important to the story.
What about you?