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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.

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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 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      DDE,

      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 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

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

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      Devika Primić 

      6 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.

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      wetnosedogs 

      6 years ago from Alabama

      Great one.

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

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      ALUR,

      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 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Hawaiianodysseus,

      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 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      rose-the-planner,

      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 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      ARUN KANTI,

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

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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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      ALUR 

      6 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 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      billybuc,

      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 

      6 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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