What Kind of Writer Am I?
Last week I saw this post by the SA Writers Centre on their Facebook page. It was a repost of this post by WriterLife.org on their Facebook page. The original source of the image, as far as I can tell, is this blog post by Alexei Maxim Russell.
The original blog post talks about the six different types of writers, namely:
- The Space Cadet.
- The Greasy Palm.
- The Weird Recluse.
- The Angry Young Man/Woman.
- The Ray of Sunshine.
- The Bitter Failure.
I’ve included the image from the original blog post below.
It got me thinking, what type of writer do I identify with? On reflection the answer is ‘The Space Cadet’.
For many years I have had snippets of dialogue, scenes and ideas floating around in my head. I started a few anonymous blogs, which quickly died as self-doubt killed off any desire I had to write.
This website, Elemental Fiction, has been the place where I have enjoyed the most success. Interestingly using my real identity here has made it easier to write in some ways. It’s made it easier to seek feedback, and share my stories with friends. It’s hard to seek feedback from those closest to you if you’re trying to keep your writing a secret.
In reflecting on my writing, and on this website, I came to a core conclusion about my writing. I acknowledge this will sound selfish, but I don’t write for anyone other than myself. I am certainly not expecting to make any money from it, or turn it into a business. I am also realistic enough to know that the things I write about won’t become a literary classic. This is for two main reasons.
First, I’m publishing my writing under a Creative Commons License, which means anyone can share my work with appropriate attribution at no cost. It’s hard to make money when you’re giving away your creative output to the world for free.
Second, I am realistic to know that my writing isn’t at a standard where I could sell it. I am also self-aware enough to know that rejection letters would only feed the demon of self-doubt.
It is possible that one day I will be able to sell some writing. To get to that point I need to practice, and that’s what I’m doing here. Most importantly writing stories here makes me feel good.
If someone stumbles across my blog and likes my writing, that is great. If it sparks a feeling or two, that is even better. If they don’t like it, that is OK as well.
Getting to this point in my ‘writing journey’ has been difficult, but I feel that it is worth it. I look forward to seeing where this journey takes me, and I’ll continue to document it here.