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What Type of Writer Are You?

Updated on August 6, 2018
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.


No One Speaks to Me

No one speaks to me in the shower. I do not have the voice of a person like Delores Price that talks to me in the shower like author Wally Lamb did when he wrote the novel, "She's Come Undone."

Nor do I wake up in the morning to find a young Japanese girl introducing herself to me like Ruth Ozeki did, after which she subsequently wrote the award-winning book, " A Tale For the Time Being." I don't do very well with writing about things that aren't true and about characters that I have to make up. So apparently, I am not a fiction writer.

Other Categories of What I am Not

I am not a screenwriter either. Although my daughter is currently in college studying this very profession, I have no interest in writing dialog for characters for film or television. I don't write comedy, so I don't think I would fare well in television land anyway.

I am not a song writer. Although I do write poetry from time to time, I can't imagine this poetry being put to music, and I don't write catchy, repeated phrases that might work as a chorus.

There are many different types of writers in the world, and until I recently started writing for HubPages, I had no idea there were that many categories of writers. But there are, and the categories include:

  • bloggers
  • food writers
  • review writers
  • technical writers
  • poetry writers
  • copywriters
  • television writers
  • screenwriters
  • comedy writers
  • speech writers (usually political)
  • fiction writers
  • creative non-fiction writers

One of these categories was a category new to me until I delved into this world of writing professionally. It is called, 'creative non- fiction" writers and I do believe that is the category I fall into.

Copy Writer by Default but Not by Choice

Now don't get me wrong, I do enjoy writing a poem now and then. And I do copy writing for Textbroker, but that is different. While copywriting is considered non- fiction, it is not always all that creative. Sometimes it gives basic facts in a pleasant way. And it is not really who I am if I am honest with myself. Copywriting usually has a marketing flair to it, so I write for others who need words to sell something or convince others of something. But that type of writing is more of a necessity, not a choice at this point. Sometimes I enjoy it, but then depending on the topic, sometimes I don't like it at all.

I don't really enjoy doing research on modular homes and then trying to convince others that they are wonderful. I have no real interest in water heaters and researching the best type of water heater on the market. I write copy to earn money so that I can tell people I am trying to break into the writing field and am currently earning money at it.

So, Exactly What Type of Writer Am I?

But now I know that the type of writing where my heart lies is in creative non-fiction. You may be wondering what creative non-fiction actually is? Well, according to the founder of the online magazine, "Creative Non-Fiction," it is "true stories, well told." I love the sound of that.

All my life I have wanted to write. My mother has told me since I was young that I should write a book. I think fiction is what she had in mind. But that's never what I had in mind.

I have wanted to tell stories of others, and do it in a way that reaches in and touches people's hearts. I want to tell encouraging and uplifting stories of people who have struggled, and who have made it or made a difference in the lives of others. And those stories, once I finish writing them will fall into the category of Creative Non- Fiction. I am working toward that end now. But it was quite exciting to discover this elusive category because I never knew how to describe the type of writer I am, or at least hoped to be.

It feels good now to know where I belong.

Are you a writer? If you have gotten to the bottom of this article, the chances are that you also are a writer. What type of writer are you? Please leave a comment below if you are a writer and let us know in which of these categories you belong.

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    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Well, keep writing and maybe you will discover it one day, or just find out you are in a few categories.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Maybe it will just come to you one day. I discovered mine by accident.

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      Devika Primić 

      8 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I don't fit into any category as yet still going on writing and informing well done to you for getting your writing category right.

    • wetnosedogs profile image


      8 years ago from Alabama

      Great one.

      I don't know my category. Just still learning.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      I thought it might be difficult for some writers to choose one area because if you write say, fiction, and poetry, BOOM, you're automatically in 2 categories. Thanks for commenting.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Glad you came to understand "our" type of writing. The funny thing about the beginning of this hub is that it came to me after I read an article in a magazine about the author Ruth Ozeki where she said she woke up one morning to this young girl introducing herself. I immediately thought, "Wow, no one speaks to ME!!!" And it then reminded me that Wally Lamb, also a fiction writer, had his character, Delores price talk to him as well. So I guess I was rather sad that no one speaks to me, but I am happy now because it helped me not only figure out that I am NOT a fiction writer, but also that's not that bad since I prefer to write creative non-fiction anyway! Thanks for dropping by.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Thanks for the compliment. I hadn't realized there were that many categories of writing till I started to write, and then researched it.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Well thanks so much for your encouraging comment. It was nice to be able to figure it out.

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      8 years ago from KOLKATA

      Congratulations on your finding true category in the realm of writing. But whatever the category you may belong to I like your articles. Thanks for sharing and keep on with your good works.

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      rose-the planner 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Hmmmm.........a very interesting question indeed! I believe the genre of writing we belong to is difficult to figure out at first. I just know that I enjoy putting my thoughts, feelings and concepts to paper, or in my case ipad. I think it's wonderful that you have managed to figure out your writing niche. As billybuc mentioned in his post, I too believe that very few writers on HP could answer this question. Great article! Thanks for sharing.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      8 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Creative Non-Fiction? This article was a wonderful example of just that. I loved how you drew us in immediately with your beginning, and you kept us enthralled. For the first time, I understand the difference between the category you and I both enjoy and copywriting as well as the different motivations for each. Great job, Karen! Thank you for sharing!

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      8 years ago from USA

      I belong everywhere in the art of writing, but the least in non fiction or biographies. It was difficult to choose "one" choice because of my versatility. I write what I feel/and of course insert my own modality in each piece...

      You're welcome to visit my hubs!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Wishing you the same. I didn't know my category either till I joined Hub Pages and started learning so much more about writing. It's been quite an eye opening experience. And I am learning more every day, including from you!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well congratulations on finding your category. :) I'll bet there are a lot of writers on HP who would not be able to answer that question. Best of luck to you, Karen, as you follow your path.


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