Monday, August 6, 2012

CosVogEllGirl Wants to Know -- What Kind of Writer Are You?

We’ve all seen them, all taken them, those quizzes in Cosmo, Vogue, Elle magazines that teach us who we are, but more importantly, who we can be if we change our ways, find our limits, secure our sanity by taking five minutes to choose A – B – C.

Today I’ve put together a little quiz of my own to show you just what kind of writer you are. Answer the 5 questions, and your true writer self will emerge.

1) When meeting your cousin at the airport whom you haven’t seen in ten years, do you….?

A) Know her immediately, give her a big hug, and welcome her with enthusiastic affection.
B) Look around carefully at the other people in baggage claim to make sure she’s your cousin before giving her a stiff hug.
C) Hold a placard up at the terminal exit.
D) Cry when you realize it’s your cousin ELLEN, not EILEEN.

2) Your husband/S.O. offers to go to the grocery store and comes back with nothing you put on the list. Do you….?

A) Say, “That’s okay, honey, I’ve always wanted to learn how to cook Brazilian Thai.
B) Pull the stuff out of the bags, put it away, and say nothing.
C) Leave the stuff in the bags, and take it all back to the store the next day.
D) Cry when he says, “I couldn’t read your handwriting.”

3) You’ve just finished reading the latest best-seller all your friends have been raving about. It wasn’t all that. Do you….?

A) Find the good scenes and discuss those at your book club.
B) Pass the book along to your cousin, and when she asks, “How was it?” say “Okay.”
C) Go straight to Amazon and write an unfavorable review.
D) Cry because you know your book that’s been in your hard drive for 6 years is soooo much better.

4) At the gas station, fifteen minutes before a huge presentation at work, you accidentally spill gas down your leg and into your brand new $100- high heels. Do you….?

A) Stop off at the mall, grab a pair of new shoes and nylons before heading to the office.
B) Go into the Ladies Room, take off your nylons, wash the shoes, and head to the office.
C) Go to the office smelling like gasoline, there’s no time to do anything about it.
D) Cry. Now you won’t be able to return the shoes.

5) Your mother says she hates your new haircut. Do you….?

A) Say, “Don’t worry, it’ll grow out soon.”
B) Go into the bathroom, wash your hair, and style it the way you normally do.
C) Go back to the salon and have them give you a pixie.
D) Cry because you knew it was drastic and if your mother hates it, then so will everyone else.

If you answered A to most of the questions, you’re a CHEERLEADER
No one will get you down. Not agents, publishers or your beta/critters. The book you’re writing is fantastic and when it needs work, you do it gladly because you know it’s going to get accepted and will be a best-seller. You’re on every social media site, have zillions of followers, and have done everything you know how to build that platform. Go YOU!

If you answered B to most of the questions, you’re a DOCTOR
Writing is hard work. You know it and accept it. You’re informed and well read and go about the business of writing your fourth novel knowing some day you will be published. You’ve built a modest following on three social media sites, know what your platform is, and never stray from that. You’re not afraid of rewriting and revising.

If you answered C to most of the questions, you’re an ACUTARY
You have no need for frills or friends. You only deal in facts. You write doggedly and determinedly, craft books by the bed for light reading. If you can’t get an agent to look at THIS book, you’ll write another. You’ve spent years honing the craft, memorizing genre guidelines, you know who you are and what you want – to be a mid-list author with a guaranteed income. You have a blog with a few followers, and Tweet occasionally. You don’t have time for social media. You’re a writer.

If you answered D to most of the questions, you’re a MESS
Take some time, do some research on writing and genre, grab some craft books, get on the blogs, become informed. Learn sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, find some beta readers, invest in Kleenex. Getting critiques, losing contests, and finding rejections from agents and publishers in your inbox takes a thick skin. If you can’t handle the pressure, put your pen down and walk away. Not everyone with a great idea for a story can write one.

Thanks for taking the quiz. So tell me, WHAT KIND OF WRITER ARE YOU?


Anne Gallagher said...

I think I may be a doctor with a little actuary thrown in for good measure. I KNOW I'm not a cheerleader, and I've outgrown my messy phase a long time ago.

Em-Musing said...

I'm a 'B'. This is really cool. Pretty accurate too. Although crying happens often no matter what's going on with my writing because of my shifting hormones.

Anne Gallagher said...

Em -- Thanks, it came to me in a dream believe it or not and I just had to get up at 3 in the morning and write it down.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

I'm totally a B. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm a mix of A and B - three A's and two B's.

Anne Gallagher said...

Michelle -- Totally!

Carol -- Yay!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh. Wow. This is accurate. I'm a doctor. I was all over the place with the answers, but had two Bs. I'm most definitely a doctor. :D

Awesome quiz, Anne.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Some of those responses I wouldn't do any, but for the most part, I chose B. So I guess that makes me a doctor.

But #2? I would put the stuff away, but certainly not say anything! Oh no! He would get an earful.

Bish Denham said...

I'm somewhere between a cheerleader and doctor.

And some answers just don't apply to me, like #5. I'd say, "So what, it's my hair!"

Fun quiz!

Johanna Garth said...

I'm a doctor and sometimes a mess. A mess of a doctor maybe?

DL Hammons said...

Man, I'm all over the place. Probably not a good sign! :)

Donna Hole said...

I'm a B, with lots of D thrown in too frequently :)

That was fun.


Nicki Elson said...

Hehe, I'm a split between A and B with one C. No Ds thank goodness - who has time to cry?

Davin Malasarn said...

I had two Bs and one of every other letter. This feels accurate to me. :)