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Quiz: What's your writing personality?
 
2-min
 
As a writer, one of the challenges you face is how to make time for writing. By revealing your writing personality, this short quiz helps you to fit writing into your life in a way that feels natural.

It asks a series of questions about your current writing preferences and the busyness of your life. By understanding how to make the most of these preferences, you’ll be able to make more time for writing, plan a realistic schedule, move your project on in leaps and bounds and feel more productive and fulfilled.

Remember, the quiz is only a snapshot of your current situation. How you write changes over the course of your life and even across a project.

The quiz will take you about three minutes to complete and at the end, you’ll get an immediate result. Plus, we’ll tell you the advantages of working this way and how you can avoid common pitfalls for your preference.

If you like what you find out, you can sign up to our newsletter for more writing productivity advice and research. But now, let's dive in…

Consider the following scenarios. Choose the answer that sounds like the type of thing you are most likely to say about how you write.

1. Which statement best describes how you approach and plan a new writing project?
I go step by step with a methodical and detailed plan.
I write in fits and starts.
I do everything at the last minute.
Plan? I just do what I need to do, when I need to do it.
2. Say you’re getting stuck into a writing project. Which statement best describes your approach to managing your time?
I’d need several days clear and will have something booked in to tackle this project – like a retreat, holiday or sabbatical.
I’ll need chunks of time blocked out in the calendar – a few hours reserved for writing every week or month.
The amount of time isn’t important for me, what matters is the routine.
I wouldn’t have a specific plan and write when I can.
3. Choose the ending to this sentence that’s right for you. My writing goal is…
Something very personal to me.
Something I always share.
Something I sometimes share.
I don’t set goals.
4. If you were in the middle of a writing session and got interrupted in some way, what would your reaction likely be?
Interruptions knock me off course, but I get back to it eventually.
It takes time to find my flow, interruptions completely unsettle me.
I don’t care. I’m always getting interrupted so it doesn’t matter
I have so little time to write I refocus quickly.
5. Which statement best describes how you typically schedule your writing time?
I schedule infrequent but long periods of time to progress my writing.
I like to write a little every day, ideally at the same time.
I like to plan in chunks of writing time across my week.
I don’t schedule. I can write at the drop of a hat - anytime, anyplace anywhere.
6. Thinking more broadly about your preferences… Which description suits you best?
Free spirited and independent
Organised and efficient
Habitual and pattern-driven
Focussed and concentrated
7. When you’ve formed a healthy habit in the past, what made you stick to it?
Making a promise myself.
Joining in with others.
Making a promise to myself and to others.
I don’t know - I just did it.
8. Thinking about your approach to writing, how strongly do you agree with the following statement.
Tend to agree
Neutral
Tend to dissagree
I'm flexible and adaptable to any environment.
9. Thinking about your approach to writing, how strongly do you agree with the following statement
Tend to agree
Neutral
Tend to disagree
I’m a creature of habit. I tend to do things at the same time and place – routine brings me comfort.
10. Thinking about your approach to writing, how strongly do you agree with the following statement:
Tend to agree
Neutral
Tend to disagree
My life is so busy I can only find time for the things I want to do weeks in advance.
11. Thinking about your approach to writing, how strongly do you agree with the following statement:
Tend to agree
Neutral
Tend to disagree
My writing can slip down my to-do list although I have tried to develop tactics to mitigate this from occurring.
12. Finally, what types of things do you typically write? Tick all that apply.
Novels
Blogs / articles
Journalism
Poetry
Academic / research
Non-fiction books
Scripts (radio/TV/film/theatre)
Content
Short stories / flash fiction
Games
Picture books
Other
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