There is not only one way to write a good academic text. Among other reasons, simply because we are all different types of writers. But which writing type are you, in other words, which writing strategies are you most likely to use intuitively or over and over again? Knowing this can be helpful for understanding your strengths and weaknesses and for consciously activating either familiar or new writing strategies according to the current writing phase or task for best results. However you should never forget that
- These four writing types are archetypes and can only give you vague outlines of your own writing profile.
- Writing types are not predetermined nor unalterable and it is worth trying out some of the strategies of other types!
- The strategies that you prefer are not necessarily those that are best for you.
So, give it a try! Are you an explorer, a fisher, a barge captain or a skpper? Find out by answering the following questions. Decide for each question on the response that seems to apply most often. At the end of the test you will find your result with a brief description of the writing type closest to your own.
Have fun with it!