No two writers are created alike.  Some of us are masters of planning and organization.  Others among us live by improvisation and spontaneity.  And still others work somewhere in the middle.


You probably heard of writers being described as “plotters” or “pantsters” (as in “seat of their pants”).   And perhaps you’ve even identified as one or the other.  But it’s never really gone deeper than that.


Until now.


We’ve just created something that will help you truly understand how you operate as a writer, lay out the dangers you might face as a result, highlight the special opportunities you have and provide specific strategic steps to make your writing career more fun, more successful and, hopefully, more lucrative.



Writing Profile



Introducing the Writing Profile.  It’s a fun, brief quiz that will pinpoint exactly the kind of writer you are and it comes with a  personalized report that will help you adjust, adapt and thrive.


And yep, it’s completely free.  🙂


It’s our gift to the writing community.  So please, after you take it and see how cool it is, feel free to share it far and wide.


Here’s the link:



After you get your report, come back and leave a message in the comments section.  Tell us if you’re a Visionary, Mapmaker or Pathfinder, and what you learned about yourself.


Have fun!



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      Very helpful quiz! Of course I am a Pathfinder. It was right on the mark.

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      Fun and helpful! I am a Pathfinder. That makes sense. I haven’t looked at the more in-depth report at my email yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

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      The quiz result says I’m a “Pathfinder”! That makes perfect sense. Thanks for the fun self-examination.

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      Diane Garratt
      April 20th

      My writing profile is Mapmaker and one of my stumbling blocks is definitely perfectionism. I look forward to the report and suggestions for what I can do to turn that into a positive instead of a negative. Thanks!

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      Great quiz! I’m a mapmaker, of course! Right on target! Thank you, Jon and Laura!

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      Jo Arterberry
      April 23rd

      I am a Mapmaker. I wouldn’t have guessed until, I began to examine the positives and the negatives. The quiz was spot on. Thanks.

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      Diane Kiernan
      April 24th

      Though I might have been something else, but Mapmaker makes absolute sense…most of my ‘day job’ involves project management! The quiz was very helpful in identifying pitfalls and solutions for both areas. Thank you so much for this clever tool – much appreciated and hopefully, more time saved and more work done. Jon and Laura you continue to amaze!

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      I’m a Pathfinder, although I love to read craft books, and educate myself. In fact, I feel the need to read quite a few before beginning a story, which is a way to procrastinate. Go figure!😊

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      This shows that I am a Pathfinder…and it does fit my writing style…very interesting.

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      Paul Weiner
      April 30th

      I am a Pathfinder. I do enjoy imagining new stories and educating myself. I am always listening to opinions and advice from seasoned professionals.

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      It me a pathfinder. I hope this will help me with writing novels. I’ve only written short stories thus far. It was fun.

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      I’m a Pathfinder – no surprise there!
      Loving the inspiration and research side of things but not so good with the marketing.
      Helen Velikans recently posted…Short Story Now AvailableMy Profile

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      Tonja Drecker
      October 23rd

      Pathfinder, which fits very well 😉

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