The Different Personalities of Writers
What does a writer look like?
If you’ve been searching for definitive answers, stop now!
There is no singular definition of what a writer is. It’s one of the things I so love and appreciate about the literary world — the diversity of writers and the stories they share.
Think about it this way: if there were just one “type” of writer our libraries and bookstores would be pretty boring! Imagine perusing the aisles, only to find each book is the same as the next. What a bore!
Finding your voice and style as a writer can be tricky, especially if you’re new to the craft.
As someone who has been in the same position, I urge you to STOP muddling through how you think you “should” write and simply embrace the talents you already possess.
Since I’m pretty persistent in my belief that EVERYONE HAS A STORY, I’m here to prove my point a step further.
The one who sits down and just writes. No pretense, no procrastination, no fuss! The “Committed One” writes because they have to; it’s what you love and are called to do.
You do not create for praise, recognition, competition or rivalry — you write because it is your form of expression and, at times sanity!
Your Challenge: While you’re highly committed to your craft, you may be a bit of a perfectionist. You write and write, but never publish, never share. Your challenge will be overcoming doubt and learning to accept what is.
The “Dreamer” approaches life with unwavering enthusiasm and gusto. Every day is an adventure, a feat, a story.
Often, you take on writing with the same approach — reckless creativity and a never-ending snowballing of imagination. Your stories are bursting with detail and life, both real and fictional.
Your Challenge: The “Dreamer” is often a bit messy and unorganized — it’s part of your creative process. Rather than trying to change your habits entirely, focus on confining your “messiness” to a certain area.
If a bit of dramatic clutter helps your creative process, narrow it down to one bookcase, shelf or corner of your desk — don’t let it take over.
You are sensitive, kind and in-tune with your emotions, as well as those of others. Writing is your form of expression and helps you better understand the world.
You write about your personal experience more aptly than the average writer, and as a result, others connect deeply with your work.
Your Challenge: Your writing is often very personal, which makes it hard to share with others. You’re confident in your work and find it meaningful, but opening it to the critique of others is an intimidating barrier to overcome.
Understand your story has the potential to change the lives of others, and find the courage within to share it.
The “Professional” is a business writer. You write for your business and are positioned as an expert in your industry.
Your peers highly value and respect your work, and you’re confident in the knowledge you share. Writing is more a means of establishing credibility and furthering your business than a creative outlet.
Your Challenge: While your audience respects you and your work, the technical nature of your writing make it challenging for readers to connect with you as an author and person truly.
Consider including a touch of your personality to your writing, either through a personal anecdote or author bio.
Writing is your gift — it comes natural and free-flowing as a river. You don’t necessarily have to try as a writer, it simply happens, and your talent is obvious.
There are very few who fall into this category, but those who do are legendary writers of their time.
Your Challenge: The “Gifted One” struggles with procrastination. It’s so easy for you to write, so you put it off for another time — until “next time” is further delayed.
It is to your benefit to create a structured routine for your writing time. Set a time, date and place and stick to it.
Which writer or combination are you? Let us know in the comments below!