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What area of writing are you good at? posted 07 February 2005 in Writing TipsWhat area of writing are you good at? by Antenox, Commoner

Definitely world-building, but that just seems to be common among all fantasy authors. I mean, that's what fantasy is all about, right? Telling a story set in a world other than our own?

Anyway, I like writing history. Not so much culture; I've always fancied myself a part-time history student (despite my current goal to grab that elusive Electrical Engineering degree), so I love to incorporate thousands of years of history into my stories, but to do that I have to write those thousands of years of history first. Right now, I have maybe a dozen different worlds with very distinct histories.

Writing descriptions of cities and people and then associating them with a particular mood or atmosphere is my second strength. At least, that's what I've been told, and that pleases me, since that is also what I'm striving for.

My biggest weakness: character interaction. I just...suck at it. The end result usually turns out fine, and sometimes people love it, but it takes me FOREVER to get a character interaction scene down. Also, for some reason, my protagonists almost always suck compared to my antagonists in terms of reader interest, to the point where my protagonists are effectively placeholders that are never replaced! I guess I just love the bad guys more. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> view post


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