Monthly Archives: March 2013

The different types of writers

In any endeavor, we often view things in the ‘romantic’ sense.

Take playing the saxophone for example,

Put a saxophone in anyone's hands and its automatically sexy

Put a saxophone in anyone’s hands and its automatically sexy

Sexy, cool and totally badass.

With your sexy playing, you’ll seduce everyone in the audience.

Guess what?

Get used to cleaning up your spit after playing it.

Sexy isn’t it?

Somehow just saying you’re a writer gets a similar reaction. Everyone forgets there’s hard work and stuff to clean up (hopefully, not spit in this case).

There are three self-proclaimed writers, probably among your friends, that fit these ‘extreme’ archetypes.

1. The show-off:

This writer can be equated with the ‘it’ girl in any social group. She/he will always bring up any opportunity that they are a writer, especially whenever there’s a delicious word play. Any failings to spot obvious play on words or lacks certain articulations expected from a writer, the show-off will use her/his most famous line as a defensive shield:

‘I didn’t see that! And I’m a writer!’

Or something like that.

This writer hates constructive criticism. Even if you have your friend’s best interests at heart and genuinely believe they have a diamond in the rough, be careful.

This writer will rally the support of her/his family and friends to get their blog numbers up or any comments in any published material on the net.

For example, you may find his/her mother defending  or praising the writer’s views in the comment section.

2. The Free spirit:

Writing has been equated with being a free spirit, meaning stuff like planning and contacting publishers are so…technical and not-free-spirity. Some may view that writing a ‘plan’ hinders the creative process.

This type of writer often has an innocence in his/her demeanor. They believe that their work will be automatically picked up thanks to their creativity but when it comes down to getting an agent/editor/publisher to look at their work, things get complicated.

Free spirits maybe more open to criticism of their story, however, don’t try your luck out when advising them on how to improve their writing methods.

Just as every writer is different, so are their methods. The free spirit is lodged on an ideal that creativity alone will push through all the business-y stuff.

3. The Analyst:

He/she spots the common mistakes and other issues with other pieces of work. This archetype writer believes he/she has avoided these mistakes in creating their debut work or magnum opus. If you point out this person’s mistakes, he/she might have an explanation on why they did this or that in the story.

The analyst also believes in following a religious pathway in publication. Anyone who diverges from this path will not be successful.

All in all, every writer is different just as every sax player is (quick info: each sax player’s mouth is slightly different so they have to practice to find the ‘right’ position for their lips on the mouth piece, how ‘plump’ their lips are, how to use their cheek muscles, etc). And like each sax player, each writer needs to figure out what works for him/her.

This annoyingly takes time, patience, practice and self-reflection.

And take risks in the roads to publication.

Despite all of this, it’s still ‘romantic’ in some sense.


Women Write About Comics

Seriously, A Lot

marion is connected

Personnal website where I blog about everything that interest me. Includes, but not limited to: travel, Digital Marketing, Photography, Social Media, Music, Fluffy Animals

Itsrane's Legacies

Where too much free time meets The Sims

attheinterface

Stuck between academia and a hard place

The Daily Informant

Bringing you the latest news, before it happens!

Bucket List Publications

Indulge- Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences

Ecanuspublishing

Our Journey Together

Nephele Tempest

Writing and Rambling

Nerdy Words

Writing ~ Grammar ~ Book Reviews ~ More

Words Fusion

Exploring countries across the world

moonshinemedia

Shining on those with a story to tell.

Taylor Jorjorian

Photographic Artist

My Goal = Education

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." Albert Einstein

Writing Excuses

Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

Hyperbole and a Half

A writing experiment

Gaijin Chronicles

Just another American smashing his way through Japan.

%d bloggers like this: