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January 31st, 2008
Character Traits of a Writer

Thirteen Writer Traits

This week fellow author Christine d’Abo mentioned The Writer’s Guide to Character Traits by Linda N. Edelstein. It contains all sorts of neat information and inspired by Christine’s post, I dragged it out of my bookcase.

In her book the author mentions traits of writers. Here are some of them:

1. Creates in order to heal old wounds in themselves.

2. Creative thinkers.

3. Sensitive.

4. Often drink alcohol, especially after forty.

5. Depression in younger writers.

6. Problems with anxiety and drug use.

7. Has to tolerate aloneness.

8. Has to let go of work.

9. Families with mental illness and creativity.

10. Higher rates of bisexuality or homosexuality. (there’s a note about a study done for this one)

11. Abstract thinkers.

12. Fear mediocrity.

13. Disregard routine problems.

As a writer I plain disagree with some of these, although it’s good to know I don’t need to feel guilty about drinking wine anymore. I think writers are articulate, imaginative, driven, fear rejection, respond well to chocolate, have great imaginations, are determined, hardworking, good procrastinators (at times) and can suffer from bottom spread.

I’m sure I’ve missed quite a few. What qualities do you think writers have?

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24 comments to “Character Traits of a Writer”

  1. I like your list a lot ’cause that one you pulled from the book does NOT explain me in the least.

    Oh, you forgot phone-a-phobic. I’m definitely that.


  2. Hmmm.. other traits… Daydreamer? Lover of caffeine and chocolate? LOL!


  3. Well I’m not bisexual nor do I disregard routine. I CRAVE it.

    I don’t drink a lot alcohol but Diet Coke. OH yeah when I’m cranking out the words I can drink a liter and not even know it.

    Seriously I know it’s bad but I only do it when I’m writing.

    Btw I lurve that book. I’ve been highlighting it and marking it. OH I love it. :grin:


  4. Man, I gotta get that book now! :smile:


  5. Very interesting.

    I totally agree with #1. That’s the sort of writer I am. Doing that, using my books to express my pain ans hold in wound, I’ve found was very self-destructive for me.

    Renee


  6. Hmmm… I resembe 3 out of 13. Does that mean I’m not a writer?


  7. Eeeek! Those are scary!

    *hugs*
    Paige

    My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/


  8. Hmm – rather fascinating. #1 is a revelation to me, though it shouldn’t be, and it explains much about myself. I relate to: creative, sensitive, anxiety, a family with a history of both mental illness and creativity, a definite fear of mediocrity! As for disregarding routine problems, if you mean do I think only of my fictional world and hardly look up to kick away the dust bunnies – guilty as charged.


  9. Ok the suffer from bottom spread cracked me up! I don’t agree w/ some of those either but I have enjoyed that book. Just bought it last week thanks to Christine. :grin:


  10. I missed that bottom spread part! LOL!!!

    Ya that’s true, I’ve been fighting the tide for years. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :lol: :lol:


  11. Very interesting list, even if I don’t see myself on it. ;) Can’t speak of the family’s mentality, lol, but I do relate with Susan’s phobia. I HATE talking on the phone. :)


  12. Susan – I’m not good on the phone either. Horrible instruments!

    Jennifer S – how could I forget coffee? This writer MUST have coffee every day.

    Karen/Amy – yes, the dreaded bottom spread. I’ve found cycling helps. The size of the bottom doesn’t change but it is firmer :mrgreen:


  13. It would seem that I’ve been fooling myself.
    Both lists fit only where they touch and the bottom spread is inappropriate.
    Curiosity initiates my ideas and logic develops them, along with experience and research.
    I’ve dealt with old wounds years ago, either by facing them or consigning them to my list of valuable experiences.
    I drink less now than I ever did and had no time to be depressed in my youth.
    I’ve seen enough mediocrity to pity it, but have no personal experience of it. (I was dux of my last secondary school and rose to the top of my profession)
    Ah well…I guess I’ll just have to be satisfied with a personal delusion that I am a writer?


  14. LOL – Amy G. We learn something every day :grin:


  15. Yeah…thing is…I’m not that deep.
    Really, I’m no Hemingway and none of those fit. I write the stories I want to read, I think. That’s about it.


  16. LOL. I’m too boring, happy and straight laced to be a writer i if that list is to be believed. :mrgreen:

    Happy TT.


  17. Often drink alcohol, especially after forty.
    Oh man. This one kind of hurt.


  18. Man. I must not be a writer. I SO missed the boat on almost all of these (for which I’m very grateful in many instances…)


  19. I don’t think I fit into any of these. Interesting list. Happy T13!


  20. Hmm…interesting list. I rarely drink or suffer from depression, anxiety or drug use. There’s no mental illness in my family. I’m not bi or homosexual. Looks like I need to do more to fit in. LOL!


  21. Jennifer, Debbie, Adelle – I don’t fit into most of them either, for which I’m truly grateful!

    Nicole – yep, it’s official. None of us are writers :grin:


  22. Lol, I drank alcohol long before I was 40. :mrgreen:

    You know what I hate about computer viruses and starting from a fresh slate? That all my log in memories to blog comments have disappeared. :sad:


  23. Fantastic list! I hate to say it but I do have some of these traits. No way will I admit to which ones LOL. :mrgreen:


  24. Actually, quite a few of those aren’t too far off. :eek: