What Kind of Writer Are You?

You’ve only got to take a look in your local bookstore to see how many different kind of books there are. Books aren’t just story books, there’s educational books that teach you things, craft books that show you how to make things, poetry books, games books, you name it and there’s probably a book for it.

Over the years I’ve written all sorts of children’s books; joke books, activity books, puzzle and plays as well as picture books and story books.

I’ve written poems and comic strips too. Some of these things I’ve found easier than others. So if you’re feeling a bit disheartened with your writing maybe you should try your hand at something different. Maybe you’re struggling because you’re writing the wrong sort of book for you.

If you’re not sure what sort of book to write then think about what you like to read. Do you like books that scare you? Make you laugh? Stories about people like you? Do you like poetry or plays? Quizzes or amazing facts? If you like reading about something chances are that you’ll enjoy writing about it too. So why not have a go at writing something different? You might even enjoy it!

26 thoughts on “What Kind of Writer Are You?

  1. I always thought that I would write YA fantasy fiction as that was what I enjoyed and read most of, but have been surprised by myself. I actually struggle a bit with YA, but seem to have the talent for Middle Grade fiction, light fantasy, fairy types.
    It is good to try new things, I’ve joined a Short Story writing group on Facebook and that works my brain another way.

    Great post. So many different types of books!. 😀

    • It’s a great idea to try all different kind of genres and see which one you’re most comfortable with. Good luck with your writing, Bex.

  2. I enjoy writing essays and one of my friends said that I have turned my blog from a supposed to be ‘journal=a bin of my daily experiences’ into a collection of essays and thoughts.

    I break away from it from time to time by writing fanfictions because I also enjoy writing short stories.

    • Fanfiction is hugely popular because many writers like writing stories based around existing characters, I did something a bit similar when I wrote for children’s magazines like Barbie and Thomas the Tank Engine, although those stories were very short. 🙂

  3. I thought I’d be good at writing fantasy and horror stories, because when I was in Primary (two years ago), I was really good at that. I’m still good at it, but I’ve discovered I can write sad stories and funny stories, and normal teenage stories just as well.

    Great post!

  4. I enjoy loads of differnt kinds of books!
    I can also, If I try hard, I can write a whole range of differnt stories but
    even if I tried I wouldn’t be able to write a romance story!

  5. Hi Karen! 🙂

    I try to write diffrent things but i think i’ve found my own style. At last x

    I know i carn’t write in first person and kiddys stuff. I tryed alot and i just carn’t do it.

    • Hi Laura, hope you are well and thanks for tweeting my post! 🙂

      It’s good that you’ve found your own style and know what you can and can’t write, it can take some writers years to discover that.

      Good luck with your writing x

      • Thank you. I’ve been writing storys since i was 12 so, it’s really taken me like, 10 years. 🙂

        Have fun with your writing too. 😀

  6. I love to write, and generally I love writing a lot of things.
    Of course, I’ll always love my stories most, because I get so involved in them and I feel the most sense of achievement when writing these particular types of stories. I write a variety of genres – sometimes I’ll write some fantasy, other times some real life, and time and time again other genres for competitions or things like that.
    I also have a passion for journalism, writing articles, and poetry too. I love writing all sorts of things!! I love writing plays as well – my mum is a drama teacher, and drama is one of my biggest passions apart from reading and writing and blogging of course, but as well as acting, I love playscripts, I know this is weird but I find them fascinating!

    I find it easiest, when writing my “home” style, to write in the first person – it helps me get into my characters and feel more at home in my books.


  7. I love writing in my diary – I always call it a journal to make sure my family don’t get TOO interested in it, but I pour my heart into my notebook and it matters so much to me! Like Orli I prefer to write in the first person because it comes so naturally.

    My favourite type of story to read is a real-life, close to home kind of novel. If I want to really empathize with a character I need to know how they must feel. When I write stories though I try and write each time with a new technique. Maybe past tense and the next time present; first person one day and maybe second the next. It’s nice to try things out so I feel like I’m really maturing as an author. Loved this post! 🙂 🙂

    • Oh yes, be careful with diairies, Georgie. I once wrote a completely fabricated diary pretending I got into all sorts of scrapes and my mum found it and I was in BIG trouble! 🙂

  8. The one genre I CANNOT write is horror! I am such a wimp, I hate it! I just HATE it!! I am scared of all kinds of things, and reading them makes me PETRIFIED! If I try to write something only the slightest bit scary I find myself cowering under my covers! The sad thing is I’m not exagerating!! 🙂

    Like Orli, I love to write journalism. My Grandpa was a journalist and my Auntie is a journalist, and I hope to follow in there footsteps if I’m not an author!

    I like to write in the style of a journal, it feels like I can write as ME, but be more intresting! That kind of style is also my favourite to read, so I love to write it!

    Fab and instresting post!

    • Hi Ella, how fascinating that your Grandpa was a journalist and your Auntie too. I wonder if you will follow in their footsteps.

      And I totally agree with you about horror. I scare myself if I try to write a horror story!

  9. When I was younger I was certain I was going to grow up and write Jacqueline Wilson type books, for 11-year-olds with real life problems. However, I now want to write books with more romance, action and adventure. However, in the future that will probably all change! 😀

    • If you’re anything like me you’ll find yourself writing all sorts of different things, Zoe. I think it’s really interesting to try writing in a genre you’re not used to.

  10. I find it hard to keep diaries as I get worried that someone will look in it. However, I do find it quite easy to write on as a character. I much prefer third person to first as I think it is easier to use more description.

    • Keeping a diary for your character is quite a good way to really get into your character’s ‘head, Lulu. It’s a really liberating way of writing. 🙂

  11. I tried to write a book with a central character aged 10-13 once, but it was no good: the book wouldn’t “go” until I made her age 16! I think I’m stuck in the YA slot…

    • I was struggling with a story once, Jane, then realised that the character wanted to tell it herself so changed to first person and it worked a lot better.

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