What type of writer are you? Whether you’re a novice, a professional, or something in between, your brain is wired (and weird) to a certain set of behaviors. Maybe you fall into the following categories, maybe you see a bit of yourself in all of them, or maybe you’re all of them at different times!
Here are six types of writers:
- You’ve written 650 poems, 300 short stories, 70 experimental cross-overs, and you’ve started at least a dozen books.
- Whether you spurn the idea of caffeine or if you live on coffee like it’s your lifeblood, people always think you’re going a million miles per hour.Without realizing it, you’ve valued quantity over quality.
- Writing might be a race sometimes, but you’ll want to be well practiced in the art of rewriting, revision, and editing.
- With a lot less written than the Frenzied Writers, you value quality over quantity. Or maybe a better word is obsessive? Outlines are your BFFs, and plot holes are you loathsome enemies.
- You take your time with each piece of writing. Each step is observed, thought through, and then completed.
- There’s no such thing as a terrible first draft for you. Sure, it might still need some work, but each sentence, paragraph, and chapter were written and revised on the go.
- You’re trying out everything!
- First person, third person, second person; memoir, nonfiction, fiction; fantasy, romance, thriller; poetry, novels, prose!
- Experimentation is the heart of improvement. We try different things, and that’s how we find what we love!
- The first chapter: it makes you nervous. It makes your palms itch and your ears tingle.
- Is it fear, want of perfection, or an unfinished idea that prevents you from writing? Whatever it is, it’ll take you a while to build up the courage to write, but you’ll get there!
- Once you start writing, it can take a while. Your brain wants to settle on a plan before moving forward.
- Middle of a Saturday with nothing to do? Eh, why not do some writing?
- Sometimes writing is just a hobby, and idle fancy, or something to pass the time.
- Sketching out characters or typing up a quick story, or adding a little bit at a time to a bigger project, you dip your toes in the waters when the muse (or boredom) visits.
- Word count goals. Deadlines. Coffee. You love it all, and you relish in the schedule and the accomplishments. Bring on NaNoWriMo! You get things done in their own time.
- You write everyday. You have a routine and Lorde help anyone if they mess you up. If you miss a day, you start to go a little twitchy and suffer withdrawal symptoms.
- It’s not necessarily an “obsession,” but it’s definitely an active passion.
What type of writer are you? Do you fall into more than one category? Are you your own special brand?