Revised RWTI (Richman Writer Type Indicator):
Please circle one letter for each item below. In instances in which more than one answer is true, circle the one that best describes you. Once you score your responses you will find your results, which will reveal your true writer type.
a. I like to hear voices and can.
b. I hear music in words.
c. I am interested in the physical world.
d. I think writers are really cool.
a. I’m interested in cause effect relationships: if this happens then…
b. I’m interested in the experience of cognitive surprise.
c. I’m interested in making sense of reality.
d. I’m interested in being seen as artsy.
a. Human interaction and motivation fascinate me.
b. Word associations and sounds fascinate me.
c. Finding patterns in the mess of actually lived lives and experiences fascinates me.
d. Talking to other writers about the mysterious process of writing fascinates me.
a. I like to make sense of the world by imagining people in scenarios and seeing what happens to them.
b. I like to make sense of the world by making wild logical associations.
c. I like to make sense of the world by analyzing things that have already happened.
d. I like to make sense of the world by categorizing people based on how creative they are.
a. Being right is not important to me.
b. Being right is not possible in my eyes; I wouldn’t know it if I saw it.
c. Being right is important to me.
d. Being right is just being.
a. Descriptions, sensory details, and images are as important as trees to a forest.
b. Descriptions, sensory details, and images are as important as a tree to one climbing a tree.
c. Descriptions, sensory details, and images are as important as bark to a tree—the more closely you look at it, the more you’ll notice.
d. Descriptions, sensory details, and images are as important as the tree that falls in a forest when no one is there.
a. The most impressive use of logic is the re-creation of it based on real patterns that exist in the real world.
b. The most impressive use of logic is the rearrangement of it, which often includes turning it on its head.
c. The most impressive use of logic is recognizing it in existing scenarios and bringing it to light.
d. The most impressive use of logic is abolishing it and gaining mental freedom.
a. Money does not guide my actions but I like the possibility that it could become a part of my life—perhaps in huge amounts.
b. Money does not interest or motivate me.
c. Money is best in reliable and fair amounts—certain amounts of work should earn certain amounts of money.
d. Money is the bane of all existence. You shouldn’t let it rule/corrupt your actions. It should not affect any of your decisions.
F=Fiction writer. You are interested in a combination of the real world and the imagined world and are most satisfied by showing relationships and patterns through the most interesting examples and scenarios the human mind can conceive.
P=Poet. You are guided by surprise and have an inner ear that hears music others might miss. You are more interested in the spiritual and or philosophical than the concrete, but value addressing the abstract through concrete representation.
N=Nonfiction writer. You are interested in patterns and value the real, the right—you believe in being right, don’t buy exaggerations of relativity. You are interested in understanding the world better and believe people can learn by observing and analyzing the actual.
WB=Wanna Be. You love being a writer and think writers are fascinating, but you’re more creative than productive. Many of your ideas are too complicated to actually fit into the constraints of words and you are searching for new ways of expression that move beyond the usual means to which people too often fall prey.
If you come up with equal numbers in one or more categories, you are a Genre Bender. This means you are less easily categorized, highly creative, and work from internal patterns yet unknown to human kind. In other words, you are a genius and are uncategorizable. Enjoy your superiority and try to be kind to those of us who are bitter.
What are you? What questions should be added and subtracted—for the purposes of scientific reliability?