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Monday, 22 November 2010

What Kind of Writer are You?

Have you been stuck writing your novels?
You know you can write many thousands of words but like me your stories just dry up?

If the rectangle looks blank, just click on it and the video clip will appear.

(This is #7 of Martha Alderson's series, but I think it best introduces the stumbling block where many writers fall.

Obviously I recommend that you see all the series and follow the Plot Whisperer blog). 

I realised that what was holding me back was that I had no idea what direction my story and characters were taking. I wanted to write and started to write, but ran out of steam. I discovered that I needed to learn more about how to structure my novel and what kind of writer I was.

I found that Blockbuster plots has an excellent test that shows you whether you are

a Character- Emotional Development driven writer or a Dramatic Action writer.

I have discovered that while I love dramatic action, I am primarily a character emotional development writer and I need to strengthen my plotlines which means planning them and structuring them. It's that age old question about being a plotter or a pantser and if you are the latter, you need to learn how to plot. Some happily fall between the two and sort of instinctively do both. How lucky they must be!