Feng Shui For Writers

Do you somehow think that a writer is someone who writes books; eventually best sellers?

Wrong! Let me explain who is a writer!

First, let us see what the definition says: a writer is a person who uses written words in various styles and techniques to express ideas. Generally speaking, the world accepts the statement that a writer produces various forms of literary art and creative writing.

Their work can have multiple variants and depending on this they are called: poets, novelists, satirists, lyricists, librettists, playwrights, speechwriters, screenwriters, biographers, critics, editors, encyclopedists, essayist, lexicographers, historians, researchers, scholars, translators, bloggers, diarists, journalists, columnists, memoirists, letter writers, ghostwriters, technical writers, scribes, report writers, writers of sacred texts.

  • Poets are those creative writers, who using rhyme and rhythm transform the language in tools to achieve emotional states.

  • Novelists are creative writers, who are using fiction to tell their stories which are called novels.

  • Satirists are creative writers, who are using sharpness to ridicule any shortcoming.

  • Lyricists are performative writers who use verses that accompany a song.

  • Librettists are those performative writers who create texts for musical works such as operas.

  • Playwrights are also performative writers, who usually write plays which are supposed to be performed by actors on a stage.

  • Speechwriters are the performative writers who prepare persuasive and inspiring texts for a speech.

  • Screenwriters are also performative writers and they create screenplays, called scripts, for films and television programs.

  • Biographers are interpretative writers, who write about another person’s life.

  • Editors are interpretative writers, who prepare written materials for publication.

  • Essayists are interpretative writers, who create original pieces of writing which makes a case in support of an opinion.

  • Critics are interpretative and academic writers who assess if a work succeeded in its purpose. They are able to understand and incorporate the theory behind the work they are evaluating.

  • Encyclopedists are academic writers, who compile and write a work that contains information on all branches of knowledge often arranged alphabetically by subject.

  • Lexicographers are academically writers, who create dictionaries.

  • Historians are also academically writers, who write and study about the past.

  • Researchers are scholar writers, who write about their discoveries that can have a great impact on society.

  • Translators are interpretative writers, who have a big cultural influence transforming the words from a language to another.

  • Bloggers are classified as reportage writers, who write online opinions that need no authorization to be published.

  • Diarists are also reportage writers who record and express in written words their thoughts and experiences.

  • Journalists are those reportage writers, who write reports about current events after investigating them.

  • Columnists are reportage writers, who regularly write for newspapers and periodicals.

  • Memoirists also considered reportage writers produce selective memoires of their own lives.

  • Letter writers are utilitarian writers, who know to use words to transmit messages between individuals.

  • Ghostwriters are utilitarian writers, who write on behalf of another person who will take all the credit for that writing.

  • Technical writers are also utilitarian writers, who prepare manuals and guides.

  • Scribes are utilitarian writers who write ideas on behalf of another person most of the time based on oral instruction.

  • Report writers are those utilitarian writers, who gather and document information to present to someone who needs to base a decision.

  • Writers of sacred texts are those writers, who write spiritual and religious texts or scriptures.

From the above classification, we somehow conclude that a writer is a person who makes a living from this process. This is true, but we have to add here that someone can be a writer even if his or her main job is something other than officially a writer.

As the definition states, a writer is anyone who uses written words to express ideas. Extending this statement we can say that even someone who is writing a letter is also called a writer.

You can permanently be a writer or you can temporarily be one. Permanently or not, the moments when you want to start writing, you need to have a special mood and be in touch with what is called “your Muse”. Sometimes this Muse cannot be sensed around the writer, so no inspiration will seem to show up on paper. However, if we have elementary knowledge about energies and how to work with them, we can attract all the inspiration that we need for our work to be done.

Nowadays all that a writer needs is a computer and some discipline to write while spending most of the time giving to the world their emotions and intellect.

It is necessary for the writer to have a space where they can give life to their future creation. Even if this writing place is a home or an office space, a proper location is a must.


This was an excerpt from the book “FENG SHUI FOR WRITERS“, which will be available June 16th, 2015. Inside, you will find many more details about this ancient art, and most of all you will discover how you can play with the energy that is around you, making your life as a writer easier.