I talk to a lot of people who write, and I’ve found that a lot of them still don’t know what type of writing they excel in. Even if they have been writing for years, they just can’t decide on what they are best at. And I’m not talking the genre. I’m not talking point of view. I’m talking the little things that every author does in their writing that sets them apart from others.
For example, I find I do well with describing a scene and making it sound completely different than what it really is. I have a short story based on Vlad the Impaler, and for a good portion of the story it sounds as though a Lord is dining with his guests in his beautiful garden. It isn’t until later on when the reader slowly begins getting hints that something is off, then suddenly the garden is an expanse of stakes with bodies freshly impaled upon them. (To read, click here) I have several short stories or scenes within my novels that have a similar style.
Many writers aren’t aware just yet of their strongest points. And there isn’t always just one. I’m aware I have a few, but I find the one I mentioned to be the most fun. I note all of the little things that find in the books I read that set the author apart from every other author I’ve read. And I’ve read a lot.
Do you know where you excel with your writing? What sets you apart from other writers?