Is Your Personality a Match for One of These Writing Careers?

Is Your Personality a Match for One of These Writing Careers?

It was not so long ago that options were limited for aspiring writers. There were two ways to find success, and not even those were guaranteed to bring you the fame and money you might’ve craved.

Whether you wanted to become a best-selling author and tell your stories, or become a journalist and report others’ tales, they were both tough markets to break into.

But the internet has brought forth many more opportunities and opened doors for those wanting to put pen to paper — or fingers to keyboard.

It’s now a well of possibilities, and an open field where anyone can try making it as a writer.

The writing market is still difficult, but it’s more diverse and there are so many branches available for writers that all you have to do is pick one.

And that’s the tough part: Finding what you like and what suits you in a way that doesn’t compromise who you are.

More importantly, you need to discover the type of writing that you find most inspirational and enjoyable. What could you write about for the rest of your life? Who would you write it for?

There are many options, and picking the wrong one might end up killing your muse.

In order to prevent the dreaded writer’s block, it’s best to do some research to find out what type of writing job is the best fit for your personality.

If you want your words to make an impact, you need to move away from scribbling notes on napkins and daydreaming about selling a book. You need to work, you need to practice, and you need a bit of luck. But you also need to know which direction you’re heading.

So, what writing job will best be suited for you? Well, it depends.

1. The Creative Loner

Some of the greatest minds in history were loners and introverts, those who enjoyed the fictional world more than the one outside.

Luckily, writing is usually a solo activity and it’s very accessible for those who prefer to isolate themselves with a hot cup of coffee. Journalism may not be for you, but there are plenty of other options.

If you have the patience, you could let the creative juices flow and start working on your own novel. Put it all on paper. The chances are slim that J.R.R. Tolkien created Middle Earth in a busy coffee shop. J.K. Rowling came up with the Wizarding World on a lonely train ride, so perhaps you’re on the right path.

Make sure you read some tips on how to get your imagination flowing and find the right inspiration.

If your patience is not up to par, become a blogger and write about whatever you want in shorter posts. Take note of the ways you could monetize and turn your blogging hobby into a career.

2. The Charismatic Extrovert

You need to tell your own stories because you have a lot of them. Your imagination overflows and you know exactly how to show people your vision using just your words.

If you close your eyes, you can see it. And, most importantly, you can make others see it as well. These are the writers who can capture the reader’s attention and hold them there with engaging and incredibly fun writing. Be it creating a compelling character, brilliant dialogue, or captivating articles, you know how to communicate with your audience.

If you thrive on being surrounded by people and experiences drive your writing, you could opt for journalism, relaying the sights you see or events you witness.

More and more companies are starting to realize the importance of online marketing and promoting their business through various channels. Those companies look for people who are both socially savvy and also talented at crafting compelling online content that will get more traffic directed their way.

3. The Pondering Genius

These writers have a natural inclination towards artistic expression that is unmatched. You’re idealistic and philosophical, pondering on abstract concepts and striving for perfection. Each detail is important, and each word can be a symbolic to a beautiful new meaning. You could be a novelist, if only you practiced how to keep your deadlines.

Perhaps your writing is not meant solely to make people move and act, but also to make them think. These writers are excellent at providing inspiration for others. Your could be a speechwriter for company leaders and politicians. Or you could become a songwriter, bringing true quality to modern music. Ghostwriting is an excellent option, if you don’t care about your name being attached to your work but have a knack for giving depth to others’ thoughts and ideas.

4. The Diligent Researcher

If you’re the epitome of patience and highly detail-oriented, there are oodles of job opportunities out there. Your creativity might not burst, and perhaps you don’t like to imagine worlds that don’t exist — and never will.

You think of the future and you want to be helpful. you’re a fast learner and no detail is too small to escape your attention.

You can become a technical writer, because you don’t even have to be an expert in the field. You might not know everything about the newest gadget that broke the industry, but you can sure research it until you sound like an expert. If you’re truly a perfectionist, you could opt for academic writing. Use your foreign-language skills to work as a translator or start testing products as a reviewer.

5. The Explosive Factotum

They want it done? You’ll get it done. These writers can’t do anything halfway.

If you’re terrific at accomplishing tasks before deadline, you’re highly productive, and even a little aggressive, there are jobs that will suit your speed. Perhaps you’re a little impatient and a bit disorganized, but there are ways to get your thoughts in order. That shouldn’t limit you.

You have a strong work ethic and you are ready to face whatever piece is thrown your way.

A career in copywriting could be well suited to you and it’s one of the higher paying jobs on the writing market today. You need to be fast, creative, and know a lot about everything. Every client is different and you need to be able to mold to their preferences, understand their perspective, and make modifications. Even more, you need to do this all in a timely manner.

There are many opportunities out there, and you may have a hard time finding the one that’s best suited for you. But all you need to remember is that there is no limit to what you can write. There’s room for everyone today, so pick what you love — what inspires you — and you may be calling yourself a professional writer in no time.

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19 comments

  • Let’s not forget screenwriting!

    Even as more people are aspiring to be novelists than ever before, fewer people are making time to read book-length fiction on a regular basis. I believe over the next generation, novels may go the way of the short story. (There used to be many periodicals buying short stories. Now, most of those that remain seem to sell most of their copies to people who aspire to be published in them rather than to actual readers, a pointless circular exercise.)

    Instead, storytelling in our society has moved more and more to performances, whether on the big screen, television, direct-to-DVD, or direct-to-internet. Whatever the size of the screen, scriptwriting is a skill worth having.

    If you are used to structuring your literary aspirations around text communication, think of it this way: A story that fills a feature-length movie is about the equivalent of a novella, and one that fills a TV episode is about the length of a short story. A story the length of a novel would either take some streamlining to become a movie or could provide the material for a miniseries.

    This career path won’t be right for every writer, but it’s one worth keeping in mind.

    Trish O’Connor
    Epiclesis Consulting LLC
    Freelance Editorial Services and Writer’s Resources
    epiclesisconsulting.com
    epiclesisconsulting.etsy.com

    • Wendy says:

      It’s not a viable career path unless you live near (or regularly visit) New York or LA. If you don’t already have the connections, what are the odds anything you write will ever see the camera? Even now, it’s a tougher market than novels ever were.

      • Good point in most cases Wendy. The studio I’m interested in writing for is an indie organization centered in Georgia. Being devoutly religious I would rather write for them than Hollywood. They have produced films like “Fireproof” and “Courageous.”

        Not sure how to make the connections–maybe by writing for Christian periodicals and some skits or short plays for religious organizations first.

  • I started my blog in 2013. I think I started a bit late when the blogging thing had already been outdone and most of the who’s who in the blogging world were the ones that had started earlier. I gave up on trying to monetize it. But I still blog anyway because I enjoy it. I am also writing my first fiction. I think my blog has helped start build my online presence and I know that when my book comes out, the readers of my blog would be the first ones to be cheering me on.

    I also have a background in journalism, in an area that I had zero interest in but had to learn about to write about it (golf). My later aspiration was to become a food writer. But it seems like what was once a somewhat comfortable profession has been reduced to a job that pays peanuts. Right now, I cook for a living……and I blog about kitchen life and I don’t think I could be writing my novel without all the things I’ve experienced in the heat of a professional kitchen.

  • I see myself as both the pondering genius and the creative loner. I already have a blog, but I’m not sure how I would monetize it. I plan on using it, however, to sell religious e books, after building an audience. I could supplement my efforts by ghostwriting and/or editing for other religious writers. Btw, my e books would be primarily or entirely nonfiction books on incorporating religious/spiritual practices into everyday life.

    Trish O’Connor’s advice seems right-on as far as fiction goes. If we look back to the ancient Greeks their literature of choice were plays (scripts) and oral poetry (song lyrics.) Looks like we’ve come full circle. If I were to write a screenplay I already have a movie studio in mind where I would submit it to. All of my stories seem to be 120 pages or less.

    I guess I can be a big fish in a small pond–if I don’t die of starvation from scarcity! 🙂

    • Thanks for the compliment, Rachel!

      Just wanted to say that I’m right in your niche, so if you ever need freelance editorial services, well, you know where to find me! (Shameless plug, I know.)

      Trish O’Connor
      Epiclesis Consulting LLC
      epiclesisconsulting.com

  • Video game writer is another great path that keeps growing popular these days. It suits perfect savvy gamers with good writing talents. Basically, game writing is about storytelling, fiction writing. Additionally, greeting card author or personal poet are two fulfilling writing careers worth considering, whether you are the creative loner or the pondering genius type.

    Ultimately, I agree that copywriting is among the highest-paying jobs right now. If you want to go practical rather than emotion-driven, I’d recommend pursuing a career in this niche.

    This was very inspiring. Thanks.

  • I believe you placed us in right spots Amanda. thanks

  • Wendy says:

    Loner, genius, occasionally diligent–which is somewhat ironic, since I have a degree in technical communication.

  • Ashri Mishra says:

    It’s Very informative post.. For me thank… you..

  • Erin Ollila says:

    @ Amanda

    for this timely article. You’ve blessed me in many ways. Moving forward as personal changes have occurred, my career change is listed on the occupations list. I’m relieved more than you know. Thank you so much. Now I can plan accordingly.

    Erin

  • Franks Ross says:

    Amanda has wisely shown how writers with diverse qualities and skills can use their expertise for guaranteed fame and money. It is true, previously writers were a closed lot with limited options, but thanks to the Internet, today aspiring writers have a great many options to explore their field of interest and excel in the life. The writing field also offers them a good source of income and fame because the Internet is full of people and organizations, searching for good writing, or writers can also write for the good blogs and earn money.