What Type of Writer are You?

When you pick up two sticks, are they the same? Course not! Just likes those sticks no two writers are the same. We all have our own quirks, likes, dislikes, and, most of all, our own methods to writing.

Consider the type of writer that just sits down and writes. They don’t chart their course they just hoist their sails and go where the wind takes them.

On the other hand, there’s the type of writer who will not write unless they’ve mapped out the route to their treasure troves.

Then there are writers who are a hybrid of the two. They outline, write and then turn around to edit everything that they’ve written.

Lastly there’s the fourth writer who outlines, writes and then changes their initial outline along the way.

There may be many more writing methods out there, but for simplicity sake, we’ll stick with these four. I’m the fourth type of writer. I don’t outline an entire story, instead, I may only outline the first act and then write. Normally the story changes so I plan out the next act based on those changes. Rinse and repeat.

Can you relate to any of the four method’s mentioned?


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31 Replies to “What Type of Writer are You?”

  1. I am a bit of a hybrid, I plan like anything before hand, and then it can go out of the window as I write and see where the story goes 😀 Great post.

    1. Thanks for the comment! I sort of do this too, I don’t like to stick to one set outline during the first draft. It’s too…restricting lol.

      1. It could be anything from rhythmic modes to using a group of letters, maybe a name, as a motif, or just repeating a whole section accept the cadence. I like to think of my writing in music form because that is what I know.

  2. None of the above. I start to write, then figure out where I want to go and then do some outlining or planning and then revise 1,000,000 times.

      1. I am re writing a manuscript this time so you could say that im sticking to an outline.

        When I’m working on a new manuscript, I just let it take me where it wants to go.

        1. I think that’s one of the fun parts about writing. I usually try not to plan too much with my work because I like to stay open to new ideas. I love it when I surprise myself! 😀

  3. I can’t tell which category I belong to LOL. I usually make a general outline, sometimes there’d be specific scenes in them. Along the way, some things might change but usually it’s more in the details and added scenes, but I usually end back up on course with my outline.

    1. Lol, sounds like you’re a cross between all of them. I think it depends on the project you’re working with. In my opinion, each new project demands a different approach.

  4. I’m writing a follow-up to my first no-fiction travel adventure, but at the same time I’m composing a fiction novel in my head that I will begin once I’ve finished the present project. I’ve just got to remember which is which.

    1. I know how you feel, sometimes I have a lot of story ideas running around in my head that it’s hard to keep up with all of them. Which is why I started carrying a notepad. How’s your current project coming along?

  5. I usually make about one page of notes (or rather bullet points) which is really just about a bullet point for what each chapter will be. Then as I get to that point, I write whatever comes out of me. And sometimes as I go along, I think of a better twist for the end and change what I had originally noted. 😀 This was a great post! 😀

      1. Exactly! I only do the bullet points so I stay on target and don’t get off track, though there are times I plan for one chapter per item, and end up writing four chapters from stuff that evolves from that one bullet. I love when that happens. 🙂 But of course, there are also times I plan on three chapters for three bullets…and they end up being one combined chapter. I hate when THAT happens. 😉

  6. I definitely would have to be the fourth type of writer!
    I always draw up a careful outline… only to lose it on page 2!
    And then, of course, I change my course of action an edit.

      1. I’m a bit of a pantser, to use NaNoWriMo slang, and a bit of a planner as well.
        The first time was funny, though. I meticulously planned my first novel like crazy and then I was so upset when things didn’t go my way!
        Type 4 at heart, I guess.

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