What Kind of Writers Do We Have?

Unveiling the Literary Ensemble

Welcome, dear reader, to the backstage of our writerly theater. The spotlight flickers, the typewriters hum, and ink-stained muses pirouettes across the stage. But hush—the show is about to begin. Let’s pull back the velvet curtain and introduce you to our eclectic cast of wordsmiths.

1. The Meticulous Plotter

Profile: This type of writer lives by their detailed plan. They have everything outlined, scheduled, plotted, and operationalized before diving into their real draft. Known by: their bullet journal, Kanban board, customized spreadsheets, NaNoWriMo schedule, character bible, or heavily bookmarked Dungeon Master’s Guide.

How to Succeed: Honestly, we all wish we were you, Plotter. For those hoping to become more of a Meticulous Plotter, this guide to writing outlines is a good place to start. And for our plotters, some tips on how to self-edit can help you refine your finished product.

2. The Spontaneous Scripter

Profile: The Spontaneous Scripter knows no schedule they have not broken. They may sit blankly at their computer for the hours they’ve set aside to write, but jolt awake for a midnight writing marathon when inspiration strikes. Known by: the notebook/note-taking app they pull out when they just need to get an idea down, 3 AM texts to their most trusted first reader, and a steady stream of coffee.

How to Succeed: We’re not here to yuck your yum, Scripter—whatever works, works. This guide to writing faster will help during those moments when you’re full of inspiration but only have ten minutes to spare. This guide to consistency can help you when you need to assemble your spontaneous sessions into a coherent whole.

3. The Idea Generator

Profile: When there’s a brainstorming opportunity, Idea Generator is there. Whether it’s article pitches, fantasy universes, or funny one-liner tweets, they always have half a dozen ideas—and a lot of them are good! Known by: a Word doc or journal full of potential projects, early adoption of new trends, always encouraging people to share their ideas, too.

How to Succeed: Even the most tireless Idea Generators can get burned out. For the next time you hit that wall, here are some writing prompts to get the gears moving again. As a bonus, here are some networking tips so you can get more eyes on your incredible ideas.

4. The Procrastinator

Profile: It’s not that they’re avoiding their writing tasks, of course not. They live for the thrill of the deadline. They’ll always get it done, but just know that the work you see was completed mere seconds before they hit Send, Share, or Publish. Known by: “I’m working on it,” visible guilt for the planning they know they should be doing, preternatural writing speed.

How to Succeed: If you’re dedicated to the game, Procrastinator, you can find ways to make that procrastination work for you. Perhaps writing under pressure is your secret superpower.


Sources:

  1. Grammarly: What Type of Writer Are You? – A delightful exploration of writer archetypes1.
  2. Grammarly: How to Write an Outline – Because even Plotters need a roadmap.
  3. Grammarly: How to Self-Edit – Polishing your prose, Plotter-style.
  4. Grammarly: How to Write Faster – A sprint for our Spontaneous Scripters.
  5. Grammarly: How to Be Consistent – Stitching spontaneity into coherence.
  6. Grammarly: Creative Writing Prompts – A lifeline for Idea Generators.