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What Type of Writer Are You?
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 Hub Pages, I had no idea there were that many categories of writers. But there are, and the categories include food writers, review writers, technical writers, poetry writers, copywriters and a category new to me until I delved into this world of writing professionally. They are 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.
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