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I'm The Dictator

I read a pretty interesting article the other day:

According to an article in the November 2007 issue The Writer there are generally four different kinds of writing personalities.

A writing coach of five years noticed that each of her clientele fell into one of four categories: The Distractionist, The Dictator, The Perfectionist, and The Commitment-Phobe.
The titles pretty much describe the types.

The Distractionist is filled with great ideas, but quickly loses interest in each one he/she works on. He/She might have several unfinished projects with no desire to finish any of them.

The Dictator can keep a deadline, but often refuses to evolve. He/She is frequently inflexible in deviating from his/her original vision. Consequently he/she blocks their own creativity with their refusal to just relax and let go.

The Perfectionist is too busy trying to perfect every word and phrase they seldom get anything written.

The Commitment-Phobe finds it hard to settle on one project and when he/she does they spend time thinking of the projects they didn’t go with.

I think of all of them I’m mostly the Dictator. Things that might help me? Journaling (*giggles*), yoga, taking a page from the Commitment-Phobe…

Based on the article: “Which TYPE of Writer are You?” by Jill Dearman (No online link, because I didn’t read it online.)

Comments

I don't think I can fall solely into any one of those categories. I have several unfinished projects but I want to complete them. I do tend to agonize over every word I write BUT I can have hundreds of pages of them written. I do tend to think about what I don't go with but I spend more time thinking about what I'm already in the middle of. Nope, I don't think I can be so easily defined, lol.
From your description I'd say you were a commitment-phobe except that I know you're not. At least you don't seem it to me. You've got a lot of finished work, and you've been working on the same stories for a while now (Terms and Language of the Enemy).

I thought I found a little of every one in me. It was hard narrowing it down to the one, but in the end I fit into the Dictator mode most; though I definitely have a lot of the Perfectionist in me too. :)

I'm definitely Distractionist, not any of the others at all.
The author of the article suggests distractionists try imposing strict deadlines on themselves. :)
That doesn't seem to work, lol...I've tried deadlines but they just make me hate writing. And I'm usually so fast anyway.

These days I just don't FEEL like writing...haven't had the really giddy happy writing feeling for...what, four years now? Yikes.

But I do start my ideas and then hate them and think they are stupid and decide I need to either start over or come up with something new/better. Writing just has been so stale these past years.
I've felt the same way about writing for the last year and a half. I can't imagine four years! Although... yesterday I had a great writing day. I was so happy I couldn't sleep last night, and I was pretty darned tired. I was actually happy not to be able to sleep for once. :)

I hope your giddy happy feeling comes back.

I've tried deadlines but they just make me hate writing. And I'm usually so fast anyway.

I honestly thought you'd be a dictator, because you're so on the ball. Not with just writing either, but everything. You manage to push through everything and get done what you want to get done. Even on a bad writing day you manage write circles around just about anybody. :)
After this much time, I'm pretty sure it's gone for good. But if it does come back, then yay...I'm sure I'll take advantage of it :)

There should be a fifth category. Unreasonable/insane/sadistic. That'd be me :) Or just call it 'INCREDIBLY STUBBORN' and I wouldn't even consider calling myself distractionist. I DO do the many ideas thing and then ignore them because they seem crappy and I come up with something better, but sometimes I just decide to finish one and there we go. If I decide it's getting done, it gets done.

Oh man I'm tired...need a nappy. (The sleeping kind.)
Distractionist. Hands down. I know it. I may have a little bit of the dictator in me but not much. Just enough to keep deadlines straight.

:3 I definitely hate finishing things when better ideas pop in my head. I have so many unfinished things its not even funny. Thanks for sharing this ^^ Its cute.
The author of the article suggests distractionists try imposing strict deadlines on themselves.

I definitely hate finishing things when better ideas pop in my head.

I know. This is where the author suggests taking a page from the dictator's book. Figuratively of course. :D