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What kind of writer are you?

Updated on June 23, 2015

Types of writers and what they mean

Academic writers are those who write for magazines, school books, etc. But the academic writer is not one that makes money, they do it for the glory of being published. This one really surprised me because if any of you have went to college and purchased books, they are not cheap.

Article writers are writers who produce non-fiction articles in medicine, food and travel. These writers are paid fairly well because they are writing in their field of expertise. These writers you can find making a very good living in commercial and pro-level magazines.

Business writers work for commercial business magazines and newspapers for high income people. These writers are paid well but they always need to be on top of their game. You can very easily go from riches to rags in this field of writing. You must always keep your audience interested in your work because if they are not reading it, you won't be writing it very long.

Columnists follow trends instead of news. Good columnist will always be found in a magazine or news paper and owning their own column. The only down side to this writing is constantly coming up with new ideas every week. It takes a lot of thought also to keep your readers wanting more.

Copywriters are the best paid writers being paid up to a dollar a word. They have to keep enthusiasm with their readers about products that are being marketed by companies. Basically the company gives a copy writer an over view of what they are looking for and what words they want in their ads that will easily be found in a Google search.

Erotica writers are also paid well. They must have a good imagination and be able to keep a plot going in their stories. So you might have to spew forth a little smutty language but don't we all have a little devil in us.

Freelance writers are those of us who make a few bucks on the side writing for different blogs, hubs, or yahoo. It is also not an easy job finding different things to blog about constantly. Freelance writers in the beginning do not make a lot of money because they have to earn the trust of their readers. Before I even started earning money from hubpages I had over 20,000 views from my readers. I would say that is more then just a bit shabby.

Game Writers are those lovely people who give video games their spunk and finesse. This is a lot of work and probably more work then pay. Game writers are usually paid in royalties so if the game isn't selling you are doomed.

Ghostwriters are people who choose to never be known in the writing world. They write anonymously and or for other people. I know that James Patterson has been having ghostwriters write for him and I must say his books are becoming less enjoyable. You can't just have anyone to write for James Patterson.

Grant writers are just that. They spend hours and days and months creating thousands of page documents in order to get a grant for a non profit organization. You can be paid fairly well if you are working for more then one organization that is looking for grant money.

Journalists write for everyone. Magazines and new papers. There work is read a million times a day by everyone. So the next time you read an article on the web and like it, give some positive feed back. They like to know that their hard work pays off. After all it's not easy to chase down Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and expect her to be nice about it. Yes these are the paparazzi that chase victims at 4 am coming home from the bar and surely not looking presentable by any means.

Novelists, like me, write long stories of fiction or non fiction depending what genre one chooses to go for. Some novelist writings become boring after about the second or third book when they can't seem to write anything else. We all love sequels and trilogies but were you really scared of Freddy Crougar after about the third movie. My case and point. However we are the writers that bring characters to life, build you up to suspense and then sometimes just let you down or leave you hanging until the next book comes out.

Online writers are just that. Writers who write for online newspapers, e-magazines and blogs. How well they get paid is unknown but I would suppose that they do not do this for a full time job unless they are covering the news.

Play writers write those beautiful plays on Broadway and can make pretty decent money doing it. The only problem with play writers is that in order to write a good paly it takes a long time especially with dialogue and you probably will only get two done a year if you are lucky.

Poetry writers have a hard time getting this one together because poetry does not sell and who would know that better then me when my first book of poetry was published and I sold maybe 10 copies. Talk about a kick in the teeth. I just knew I was going to make a million off that book that had more mistakes in it then anything and at that time my publisher was the one editing it. Sigh it was just practice to make me be perfect.

The next set of writers I am just going to list because they are pretty much self explanatory and if I feel I need to hop in there and give it a little umph then I will.

Resume writers for a pretty penny will write a beautiful resume. I think if you had someone write your resume professionally that you would get that million dollar job quickly.

Reviewers my favorite people. NOT and you know why? Because they can bring you down in ten words or less and make you feel like you have done absolutely nothing with a 300 page novel. I would rather not know then for them to review it.

Screenwriters are those grubby little writers that really need to change the whole young and the restless scripts. I really am sick of Victor marrying Nicki for the millionth time. They need a new plot and I could really give them some ideas.

Songwriters mostly write music for famous singers. I am sure they get paid handsomely and also collect royalties also.

Speechwritersare use for public officials and government. I think that some need some practice in writing speeches for president and senate and congress. I don't really think they write it at all, they look at past speeches and copy them.

Staff writers are always told what to write, yes there is job security but at what price.

Storywriters have a large and vivid imagination. Also someone that needs to keep it going with a good story line.

Technical writersbasically people who sign over their work to be published by someone else and get no credit for their work.

Translators have it the worst because they must turn a perfectly well written article and make it sound just as good as it is written in the English language.

Wow I bet you did not know there were so many different types of writers. If you are not in to someone plagiarizing your work, then some of these jobs are not for you. I refuse to give up all the rights of my writing for someone else to get the credit for. For a couple bucks per article no way.

What kind of writer are you?

I have never had an issue sitting down and writing a novel in three months or less. I don't get writers block or have issues on finding topics or creating characters in my books, but I never knew there were so many different types of writers. In this hub I will explain each type of writer. You may be surprised which one you really are.

My genre changes frequently and the best writers are those who can write about anything and broaden their horizons by being able to produce a good sound article, book, poem or blog that will keep their audience interested.

The one thing computers have not take away from us, is the ability to read. Today there are so many ways to read but I love a good old paper back book any day to a nook or tablet. Although publishing my own work has been easier having a computer, I still enjoy when my readers purchase my books in paper back.

How many of you still love to read an old fashion book? Wouldn't 50 shades of gray have been really awful to read on anything else but a book. I think in online books for nooks and such show less of the book then really there is.

After you read the amount of different writers, which one are you? Take a moment and reflect on your writing and you may be surprised that you would really start writing in a different genre. I feel we can never have enough writers or readers in this world.

I have written for many years and sometimes I surprise myself at the things I have accomplished in my writing.

Some of the greatest writers of all time:

Joseph Conrad

Prose stylist nonpareil, he addressed the dichotomy of race, the loneliness of existence.

Honoré de Balzac

The gestamtkunstwerk ('total work of art') was all the rage in Europe early in the last century, but Balzac was on the case almost a hundred years before. The man started writing just before midnight and worked until the sun went down the next day, eventually producing 100 novels.

Czeslaw Milosz

The greatest artist Poland would ever spawn, Milosz was still composing vital poetry until his death in 2004.

George Bernard Shaw

When we speak of 'wit' in the theater we owe a debt to G. B. Shaw. In fact, his scripts are so funny there's hardly any reason to see them performed.

Wallace Stevens

Anti-Semite? Sure. A little old-fashioned? No doubt. Was he one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century?

W.G. Sebald

No writer so little acclaimed in the first part of his life lived a second one in literary style in the West. Sebald can reasonably contend to have invented much of this country's creative nonfiction, and that is simply a glint of his admirers.

Robert Hayden

Hayden's reputation is sure to be burnished by time. Sure, he had influence on an entire generation of African-American poets; but it is the sustained quality of his verses that we now have to contend with.

Lorine Niedecker

She was a recluse from Wisconsin who loved the Imagists. She wrote to Louis Zukofsky, she kept writing in her bizarre island home. Her nature poetry is better than anyone else's nature poetry, her confessional poetry is fresher and more accessible than Plath or Sexton.

Isak Dinesen

Denmark's greatest writer, she was born Karen Dinesen, and she would write about the strangeness of her life in Kenya with her husband.

Maryse Conde

She is to the novel what Walcott is to the long poem. Her intricate templates for Caribbean novels are massively impactful reimagining of Western themes, replete with other places and attitudes that she experienced.

This is only a small list of very well known writers as I am sure everyone has their own favorite author.

People think that being an author makes you rich instantly. Well that is farther from the truth. Most authors submit 15 to 20 books before they reach that best seller. I still have about 11 to 15 to go then. I write because I love it, not because I want it to be a job. When it becomes a job I will no longer wish to do it.

21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors

The first draft of everything is shit. -Ernest Hemingway

Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass. -David Ogilvy

If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy. – Dorothy Parker

Notice how many of the Olympic athletes effusively thanked their mothers for their success? “She drove me to my practice at four in the morning,” etc. Writing is not figure skating or skiing. Your mother will not make you a writer. My advice to any young person who wants to write is: leave home. -Paul Theroux

I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide. — Harper Lee

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ― Jack London

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. — George Orwell

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ― W. Somerset Maugham

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time — or the tools — to write. Simple as that. – Stephen King

Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. – Neil Gaiman

Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die. – Anne Enright

If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do. – William Zinsser

Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college. – Kurt Vonnegut

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration. – Ernest Hemingway

Write drunk, edit sober. – Ernest Hemingway

Get through a draft as quickly as possible. Hard to know the shape of the thing until you have a draft. Literally, when I wrote the last page of my first draft of Lincoln’s Melancholy I thought, Oh, shit, now I get the shape of this. But I had wasted years, literally years, writing and re-writing the first third to first half. The old writer’s rule applies: Have the courage to write badly. – Joshua Wolf Shenk

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. – Mark Twain

Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you. ― Neil Gaiman

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. – Oscar Wilde

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ― Ray Bradbury

Don’t take anyone’s writing advice too seriously. – Lev Grossman

So what will you be writing tonight

I read an article today that said writers have more ability to write good articles or pages of a book from 10 pm until 3 am. Do you know why that is so? Its because you have had a whole day to process everything you have encountered during the day to put down on paper. Some times you need that stimulation to create a master piece.

When was writing invented

It is generally agreed that true writing of language (not only numbers) was invented independently in at least two places: Mesopotamia (specifically, ancient Sumer) around 3200 BCE and Mesoamerica around 600 BCE. Several Mesoamerican scripts are known, the oldest being from the Olmec or Zapotec of Mexico.

It is debated whether writing systems were developed completely independently in Egypt around 3200 BCE and in China around 1200 BCE, or whether the appearance of writing in either or both places was due to cultural diffusion (i.e. the concept of representing language using writing, if not the specifics of how such a system worked, was brought by traders from an already-literate civilization).

Scholars make a reasonable distinction between prehistory and history of early writingbut have disagreed concerning when prehistory becomes history and when proto-writing became "true writing". The definition is largely subjective. Writing, in its most general terms, is a method of recording information and is composed of graphemes, which may in turn be composed of glyphs.

The emergence of writing in a given area is usually followed by several centuries of fragmentary inscriptions. Historians mark the "historicity" of a culture by the presence of coherent texts in the culture's writing system(s).

Who is your favorite author

Well of course I am to myself. Ah ha just kidding. My most favorite authors are Daniel Steele, Steven King and the old James Patterson when he was writing for himself. I hope if it ever gets that bad for me that I would just put the pen and paper away and call it quits.

Images from the past

In the BC years and even after it, the Egyptians, mainly used symbols in order to get the point across. I know that may people have tried to decipher what these symbols mean, but sometimes it is just too hard to see them when they are old.

I found some nice Egyptian paintings on papel paper that were stunning to say the least. A king and his Queen. I love paintings and things like that. It makes me feel like I was there. If you ever find an ancient treasure, keep it.


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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      I've been writing for many years, but I really couldn't say what kind of writer I am. I don't want to put myself in a box with a label on it and anyway, I don't think it matters - I'm a writer. That's all. Interesting Hub.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      Yes indeed it suits me fine also. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Eileen Gamboa 4 years ago from West Palm Beach

      Having supported myself as a copywriter for 15 years, and now NOT, nice to see there are so many options. Hubbing suits me fine for now. Very nice article, Cheryl.