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What Your Writing Habits Say About You: Take the Quiz!!!!

November 30, 2015
(image via Wikimedia)

(image via Wikimedia)

Writing habits can explain a lot about your personality.  Take the quiz below, keep track of the points as you go, and see what kind of writer (and human being) you really are!

A. When a commenter on your blog tells you that you suck, what do you do?

  1. Feel bad that the commenter didn’t like your writing.
  2. Feel proud that somebody cared enough to tell you that you sucked.
  3. You enjoy comments, but they don’t have any effect on you.
  4. Get mad and leave a “You suck!” comment on the commenter’s blog.

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B. When you get writer’s block, what do you do?

  1. Stare at the screen until you fall asleep.
  2. Write “I don’t know what to write” until you think of what to write
  3. Shrug your shoulders and go do something unrelated to writing.
  4. Throw a loud, profane fit.

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C. When your spouse/significant other tells you that you spend too much writing, what do you do?

  1. Pretend you don’t hear what your spouse/significant other is saying.
  2. Say in a soothing voice, “You’re more important to me than my writing, but let’s discuss this when I’m done.”
  3. Immediately quit writing and spend time with your family.
  4. Push your spouse/significant other out of the den and soundproof the room the next day.

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D. During revisions, you notice a lazy metaphor in your writing.  You-

  1. Add a couple words to the metaphor so that it’s not so lazy.
  2. Stress yourself out trying to think of a completely new and different metaphor.
  3. Keep the metaphor as it is and hope nobody notices.
  4. Drop the metaphor and go completely literal.

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E. A friend asks you about your latest writing project.  You-

  1. Tell your friend that you never discuss your projects until the projects are finished.
  2. Tell your friend just a little bit about your project to be polite.
  3. Change the subject.
  4. Tell your friend everything about your writing project until your friend’s eyes glaze over.

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F.  What kind of book do you think damages the publishing industry the most?

  1. Any book written by a “celebrity.”
  2. Any book series written by a new author who hasn’t proven he/she can sustain a book series.
  3. Any book written by James Patterson.
  4. Any book not written by you.

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G. While reading bestselling novels, what typically goes through your head?

  1. You nitpick over every plot hole and every poorly-written sentence.
  2. You look for ideas and writing techniques that you can use in your own writing.
  3. You’re just reading a bestseller for fun; it has nothing to do with your own writing.
  4. You wonder how that piece of junk ever became a bestseller.

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H.  A friend of yours reads your novel and gives honest criticisms.  What is your reaction?

  1. You appreciate the feedback, but you argue about the criticisms you disagree with.
  2. You listen intently to the criticism, and actually make a few changes because of it.
  3. You’re stunned that somebody actually finished your novel.
  4. You’re offended that your friend didn’t think your novel was perfect, and you end the friendship.

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I. What do you think about Ernest Hemingway’s famous quote?- “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit at a typewriter and bleed.”

  1. It perfectly explains what you go through during the writing process.
  2. Hemingway exaggerates a little bit, but you understand what he means.
  3. You’re a little baffled by the quote because you actually enjoy writing.
  4. Hemingway, Shmemingway, that lush doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

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J.  A friend gives you a copy of On Writing by Stephen King.  What is your first thought?

  1. You’re grateful, but you already have five copies.
  2. You’re excited because you’ve always wanted to read this.
  3. You wonder why your friend thinks you need advice with your writing.
  4. You think Stephen King is a hack who doesn’t even follow his own advice anymore.

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SCORE

10-19 Points- You should be a writer because you’re insightful and the world needs to read your observations.

20-29 Points- You should be a writer because you care about the art and everything you write will be well-crafted.

29-35 Points- You should be a writer because you’re creative and can make up your own rules while still making sense.

36-40 Points- You should be a writer because you’re too curmudgeonly to do anything that requires interactions with real people.

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How did you do?  What did the quiz tell you about your writing habits?  Do you normally take quizzes when there is no real grade involved?

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41 Comments
  1. How do you keep score ?

    • Just add up the numbers next to each of your answers.

      Of course, this quiz isn’t really scientific. It hasn’t been approved by any academic institutions, but I’ve been told by a couple people who are almost experts that the results aren’t too far off the truth. That’s good enough for me.

  2. pennybaldwinbooks permalink

    23. Good news. 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on Slattery's Art of Horror Magazine and commented:
    This is a fun little quiz. I scored 23.

  4. emilytalksaboutbooks permalink

    I got 15 🙂

  5. That was fun. Thanks.

  6. Ha ha – cool! I should be a writer 😉

  7. There were a few questions where I just couldn’t pick a satisfactory answer. I guess it means I shouldn’t be a writer.

  8. I know it’s only Sunday, but I would love the opportunity to share this for my Saturday Spotlight if you don’t mind. Do I have your permission?

  9. Let’s start from the bottom shall we?
    Oh, I’m tired already. Besides, all the answer say we all should be a writer. Or I’m reading it wrong.

  10. Zin permalink

    19! This was fun to do. :]

  11. I still do not get the whole thing about this

  12. Haha! Made me smile all the way through! And of course, we’re all destined to be writers – and be given huge advances, out sell Mr Patterson and his sweatshop of writing slaves and retire to villas somewhere warm to be served mimosas by buff men in swim suits … Or is that just me?

  13. johnberk permalink

    I’m not a blogger, but I do have an account and like browsing on other peoples’ work. I feel happy to comment on their posts, sometimes to encourage them, and sometimes to present them with insightful critique of their thinking. Blogging is my social network, I do not need any Facebook or Twitter. I prefer to hang out with people whom I don’t know personally but who work on their blog, sharing their lives and insights with others. It is almost ethnography to go around the blogs, and talking to random people who are generally nice and respectful one to another. My other passion is also connected with reading – I love browsing used book shops. I love the smell of old pages, something I can’t experience here.

  14. Reblogged with the following comment: I loved this start to my Monday morning. I expect today’s nano post will be very late, so in the mean time, chew on this bit of amusement. I scored a 21. (add up the numbers next to the answer you pick for your score)

  15. Hey I think this quiz works. Everything I write is well-crafted!

  16. 23 Haha 🙂 This was great! Thanks!

  17. I got 17😆 thank you for the quizz!

  18. Alice deGrey permalink

    Got 22. Such a fun quiz! The questions were interesting for a change.

  19. Hahaha! I love the last statement and learned a new word, “curmudgeonly”…oh, I scored 26 by the way. So not all is lost.

  20. Reblogged this on Notes from An Alien and commented:
    Cute little quiz in today’s reblog—for writers or those readers who want to Imagine they’re writers 🙂

  21. 21. *goes to pick up a James Patterson book to see what all the fuss is about*

  22. I got 23-26 because two questions were a toss up… But in the end it gave me the same answer. This made me happy 🙂 because I do want to be a writer and this is why I blog. Going the traditional English major route was too boring for me. So I got a degree in communications instead and focused on media. I hated writing in school, but that’s because it was essays, and not interesting to me. Sorry long winded comments are not normally my style. Just had an urge to tell.

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