Writing likes and dislikes

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with a local band of fellow writing enthusiasts. I meet with them every couple of months, to discuss writing preferences. This time, we spoke about what kinds of tales we like to write, and emphatically not like to write, what we feel we’re good at and what we find difficult.

I love reflecting on what I like and dislike with regards to writing. It helps me gain insight in what I want to do, and where my weak points are.

Personally, I am quite diverse in what I like to write, although I have a penchant in writing stories about a character looking for his/her place in the world. It’s a theme I have a lot of affinity with. I love to give the theme a twist, though. Like for instance taking a pretty nasty main character or someone set adrift later in life. I’m good at world building. Almost every one of my short stories is set into a universe of its own. I don’t like writing horror pur sang, with gore for the gore. And I need to work on intimacy within my stories, I am terrible at that.

Identifying those things helps me work on exercises to become a better writer. I allows me to think along lines like ‘what makes it that I feel like I am good at world building? And how can I help others get there as well?’ and work on what I am less good at. In light of that, for our next meet, we agreed to each write something we find difficult to write. We’re then going to look at each other’s writing. So we’ll both practice, and receive feedback to improve future attempts.

What do you like to write? What do you dislike to create yourself?

One thought on “Writing likes and dislikes

  1. oddauthoramandamccoy.com

    I love writing about funny light-hearted characters. People that can laugh at themselves and don’t take the world too seriously. What I find really difficult is writing really dark stories, the truly bleak kind, that have no hope for a happy ending. The novel I’m currently working on has a really depressing beginning, and I struggled for months to get through it. I mean, I needed the beginning of the story to be sad to build a foundation for the rest of the story, but man was it hard to write. 6 months to write 50 pages! And that’s with no editing and no re-writing.

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