What Type of Writer Are You?

What Type of Writer Are You?

There are probably as many different ways/processes of writing as there are writers. Each writer will likely do something different to another. Whether that is how fast or slow they write, if they plan before or not, where they sit to write or if how they react when they hit a wall…

I thank Stephen King for the way I write now.

Time was I used to write when inspiration hit. A week could go by without anything happening and then there would be a week of writing five hours every day. Most of the time this ended in a manuscript that was too long and disjointed, with writing that was equal parts solid and pretty bad.

So I decided to take Stephen King’s advice–one of the many valuable pieces of it. He writes a set amount of words a day. He can write more, but doesn’t let himself write less. That way, he says (paraphrasing), the characters don’t go stale in his head.

So I decided to try it out. I started writing a minimum of 1,500 words a day, using the rest of the time in between to plan what was going to happen next. I bumped that up to 2,000 and have been sticking to that count pretty much consistently for several years.

It works. But it might not for everyone. Below are a few of the different types of writers I could think of.

The Fast and The Furious writer –

Like an action movie (a decent one– The Fast and Furious franchise, most of Michael Bay’s movies), they don’t let up until the finish. They start and write every day, for several hours, until they type ‘The End’.

The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition writer – 

They move slowly when they need to, taking time for detail and getting things right the first time around.

The Loki from the Avengers Writer – 

They take the time to plot and plan carefully, developing a long game that will ensure they can survive through to the very end of the novel before they actually start writing. 

The Step Brothers (Will Ferrell movie) Writer – 

They avoid writing until they can’t anymore, until someone tells them to get their head in the game, or they realize that they don’t have a choice but to start writing. 

The Marvel Universe Writer – 

They write several books at once, juggling different worlds and characters but eventually bringing everything together in the end. 

The Superman Returns (Or Terminator) Writer – 

They start a project or projects, decide to leave it to start something else, before returning (I’m back.) to give it another shot. 

The John McClane (Die Hard) Writer –

Most of the time they don’t have a clue where they’re going or what’s happening. They get dropped into a project and make it up as they go along, hoping for the best. But it all works out in the end.

 Does anyone fit into one, or are you a different kind of writer? Feel free to drop an answer in a comment below…


About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

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