It Came From Twitter: Writers On Their Favourite Part Of Writing

Yesterday, comic writer Gail Simone* posed the following question on Twitter:

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If you take part in the Twitter—or even if you don’t; Twitter is public, as many celebrities have discovered far too late—you should go read the replies. You’ll learn that one, Twitter appears to be made up of at least 40% writers, and, two, that everyone has a different answer for this. Seriously. Fucking everyone.

Some of the answers resonated with me—characters, losing yourself in the zone—while others left me pulling a face best described as ‘bewildered’. It turns out there are people out there who enjoy world building most of all. Not that I hate it or anything, but it’s sure as hell not on the top of my list.

Fox’s favourite part is convincing people he’s Voltaire.

No, the top of my list is relationships. Characters are people, so they interact like people. Or they should, if I’m doing my job right. The relationships that develop between characters, especially ones that have known each other for a long time, are the best thing ever to me. I love writing the old friends meeting over drinks to shoot the shit. Or enemies talking at an arm’s length, every word an attempt to gain the advantage. Or the people who’ve just met, uncertain about what they think of each other.

Love, hate, contempt, admiration, uncertainty, mistrust, friendship…all these are gold to me. There’s nothing I’d rather write than relationships. And the fallout of relationships, commonly known as ‘plot’. Because that’s what gives the truest, most dynamic version of a story in my opinion: when the way people interact—they way they are—makes things happen. They’re not just reacting to a bunch of shit that happens around them. They made it happen, both the good and the bad. And now they have to decide what to do about it.

So, riddle me this, writers: what’s your favourite part of writing?

*Do you follow her on Twitter? If not, you should, if only to learn how troll from a master.

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10 thoughts on “It Came From Twitter: Writers On Their Favourite Part Of Writing

  1. I like seeing the page fill with the words that have been in my head for way to long like a jumbled mess. It orders my thoughts in neat little files and boxes, and quiets my mind. I like creating small talk during conversations and setting up inside jokes between the characters without explaining them to the readers.

  2. I have definitely read books written by those people obsessed by worldbuilding. My favorite part is when I’m writing/outlining a story and and what I’m writing connects with/calls back to another part of the story and I’m like ‘”Oh! Oh! Click!” It feels like two magnetized puzzle pieces sucking each other in.

  3. I like the pre-writing part. I’m not a outliner or a panster – somewhere in between – and I love working out what I want my story to be, because it gets me excited to start crafting the story.

  4. Editing is easily the best part because the story-writing can be anxiety inducing – even if you have the storyline down before writing. There are always options a character can take that you hadn’t previously considered, that could lead you, the storyteller astray!

  5. Oh man. I would hard pressed to pick a FAVORITE part, but one thing that’s definitely up their on the list is quality plot spackle; when you have this stupid THING that’s just not working, this sequence of events that has to happen and makes no sense at the moment or. . .you just have this HOLE that needs filling. And you twist and turn the problem in your head for days or months of years and try to think what fixes it, what fits. And then one day it just comes to you BOOM! And then this waterfall of ideas starts and all the moments of ‘Of COURSE!!’ and ‘GASP if THAT happens then THIS makes total sense because X!!’ and suddenly what was previously an error in the plot becomes one of the things that fucking MAKES the story. I’m a big fan of those days.

    • What Krys C said, basically. Coming up with something that solves problems you have with a plot, a story, a chapter, or just one bloody fucking sentence…!? perhaps something that not only solves problems but poses new ones, interesting ones you can elaborate on.

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