Know Thyself: Which Kind Of Writer Are You? (Starring Rachel Lynch Of I Hate Blonde)


The Jack Rabbit

Your strengths: You get A LOT done ALL THE TIME. You can whip out drafts with no effort. People always ask you, "How do you do it?"

Your challenges: Sometimes all that high energy doesn't leave much room for quiet contemplation. You might miss descriptive details, interior thought to build character and subplots to enhance the main story.

Your exercises: Try to fill in the "white space" between scenes and take your characters through extended periods of time. Focus on descriptions that build character and give us a sense of atmosphere (time and place). Make sure to track your POV characters' interior thoughts. Add a subplot to your book.  Remember to breathe.



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The  Dreamer

Your strengths: It may feel like you don't get much done but you are actually always thinking about your project, researching your project, collecting material for your project on a daily basis. You have a wild imagination! Be proud of it.  When you actually write the damn book it's going to rock.

Your challenges: You need to stop dreaming and start doing. Don't be afraid to write something rough and unpolished.

Your exercise: Try NANOWRIMO, join a writing group or take a class. Deadlines might help. Stop researching for now. (I have Dreamer students who have pages and pages of world building material for their fantasy novels but very few actual chapter pages.) Don't start a new project until you have at least a beginning, middle and end of a rough draft. Keep brief notes on future projects but don't get sucked into them. Consider weaving new ideas into what you are already working on (there is probably a correlation).


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The Expositionist

Your strengths: You have a lot of deep, philosophical thoughts that you want to express. Your work has rich, meaningful themes.

Your challenges:  Sometimes your prose sounds more like an essay. You can come across as a little slow and didactic. 

Your exercises: Learn how to write in scenes. Add dialogue, description, interior thought and have a single, specific time and place for your scene to play out.



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The Poet

Your strengths: You wax rhapsodic about almost any subject. Descriptions and sensory language come so easily you could write them in your sleep. You love colors, sounds, smells, tastes, how things feel and you can make your reader see, hear, smell, taste and feel these things, too.  You also have an ear for the rhythms of language.

Your challenges: Sometimes you can seduce yourself and even your reader with your words and images but eventually you'll all realize there isn't enough story and lose interest.

Your exercises: Think conflict. Make sure you have an antagonist in your story. Make sure your main character wants something. Have them actively go after it, not just think about wanting it.



The Action Hero

Your strengths: You are ALL about conflict. You have your readers on the edges of their seat with dynamic scenes that move the story forward.

Your challenges: Like the Jack Rabbit, you can rush over things like character development, interior thought and description.

Your exercises: Write a quiet scene using internal conflict  (interior thought) and foreshadowing rather than external conflict to create tension. 

Happy writing.