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Creative Writing Assessments: Using clues and questionnaires for your historical fiction

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Historical Fiction Dénouement Creative Writing Aptitude Quiz

©  1996 by Anne Hart

Table of Contents

Part I         Historical Fiction Dénouement Creative Writing Aptitude Classifier Quiz

Part II Anne Hart’s Professional Creative Non Fiction Writer’s Job Task Interest Classifier

Part III  Take the “Howling Wolf’s Scribe” Creative Writing Preference Classifier

Part IV Take the “Turanian Catalyst” Creative Writing Assessment
 

Historical Fiction Dénouement Creative Writing Aptitude Classifier Quiz

©  1996 by Anne Hart

            Are you best-suited to be a historical novelist, mystery writer, short story sprinter, digital interactive story writer on ancient civilizations, a nonfiction writer, or an author of thrillers using ancient settings or universal themes? Do you think like a fiction writer, investigative journalist, or an imaginative, creative nonfiction author writing biography in the style of genre or mainstream fiction?

How are you going to clarify and resolve the issues, problems, or situations in your plot by the way your characters behave to move the action forward? How do you get measurable results when writing fiction or creative nonfiction?

Dénouement as it applies to a short story or novel is the final resolution. It’s your clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot. What category of dénouement will your characters take to move the plot forward?

Take the writing style preference classifier and find out how you approach your favorite writing style using Toot’s facts and acts. Which genre is for you--interactive, traditional, creative nonfiction, fiction, decisive or investigative?

Would you rather write for readers that need to interact with their own story endings or plot branches? Which style best fits you? What’s your writing profile?

Take this ancient echoes writing genre interest classifier and see the various ways in which way you can be more creative.

Do you prefer to write investigative, logical nonfiction or imaginative fiction—or a mixture of both? There are 35 questions—seven questions for each of the five pairs. There are 10 choices.

The Choices:

Grounded                              Verve

Rational                                 Enthusiastic                                             

Decisive                                 Investigative

Loner                                               Outgoing
          Traditional                                      Change-Driven

 

Writer's Creativity Style Classifier

You are a mystery writer working on an interactive audio book of stories with clues for the Web about a scribe in ancient Egypt, 1,350 B.C., who has unending adventures trying to track down the person who bashed King Toot with a golden vulture mallet and a cobra-headed hammer.

Your scribe is in a race against time to save Toot's teenaged widow, Ankh-Es-En-Amen, from being forced into an unwilling marriage with Toot's male nanny-Regent, Aye, who is determined to become Pharaoh by marrying the Queen. How will you write this interactive story, according to your writing style preferences?

Clues

The leading character is ‘Mose,’ the scribe, not the prophet, Moses. The name Mose or Moses in ancient Egyptian means “from the water.” The name “Toot Mose” means “wise one from the water” (The name usually means gift of the Nile.) Toot means wise and is represented in hieroglyphics as an owl.

Mose inherited wealth from an ancestral line of architects. He’s an Egyptian male scribe, age 20, living in the royal palace. He grew up as Toot's friend. Called "Mu" for short, this character is your alter ego and takes on your own personality as he solves problems or crimes.

1. To write your story, would you prefer to
a. go to the Hittite archives in order to have translated two letters sent by Toot’s teenage widow to the Hittite king asking to send her a new husband (down-to-earth) or
b. dig deeper and find out the connections between the two documents, reading fear between the lines and noting the reluctance Toot's widow expresses in being forced to marry her servant, the Regent Aye? (verve)
a. □

b. □

 

2. Would you be more interested in researching history and writing about
a. the closeness of the relationship that surfaced between the Hittites and the Egyptians in 1,350
BCE (enthusiastic) or
b. analyze the business deals and diplomatic events between these equal powers to see who was winning the race to becoming the superpower of the century? (rational)

a. □

b. □


3. Are you more interested in the fact that
a. Toot's queen wrote all her letters in a Hittite dialect, not in Egyptian (down-to-earth) or

b. King Toot's father, Akhenaten, was so hated after his death because he worshipped one deity, that his face was scratched off all his monuments and wall friezes? (verve)

a. □

b. □


4. Would you rather write about
a. Toot being adopted, sent as a gift from Hatti during his Egyptian step father's "durbar" festival of his 12th year of reign (enthusiastic) or
b. the mystery of why Toot was buried with both the Hittite vulture on his head and an Egyptian cobra on his crown? (rational)?

a. □

b. □


5. You are Toot's Queen. Would you rather
a. exercise your right as a widow to claim Toot's unmarried Hittite brother, Prince Zennanza (enthusiastic) or
b. marry Toot's male nanny because it's only right and fair to restore an Egyptian to Egypt's throne? (rational)

a. □

b. □

6. Toot's widow wrote to her father-in-law to send her another of his sons for
marriage to her. As a writer of her life story, would you rather

a. create a laundry list of princes that she must interview and screen in a dating game (down-to-earth) or
b. create a story where she rides 1,000 miles on a donkey to run away from her servant after he forces her to marry him and has magical adventures disguised as a 14-year old boy studying philosophy and alchemy with Babylonian
astrologers? (verve)

a. □

b. □

7. Are you more interested in ending your story with
a. Aye marrying Toot's young widow, then taking Toot’s adoptive grand mother, Queen Tiye as a second wife, so that you have closure and an ending for your story (decisive) or
b. would you rather let your story remain open for serialization, since Toot's widow is never heard from again after Aye marries her and then marries Queen Tiye, since the fate of Toot’s widow after marrying Aye is not recorded in history? (investigative)

a. □

b. □

8. If you were prince Zennanza, would you prefer to
a. decide immediately to obey the Hittite King and leave your own country to marry the widowed Queen of Egypt because duty required it, knowing you'll probably be killed when you arrive by the same person who killed Toot, (decisive) or
b. stall for time as long as possible, waiting for validated information to arrive regarding the diplomatic climate between Hittites and Egyptians? (investigative).

a. □

b. □

9. You are King Toot, Pharaoh of Egypt, a Hittite prince adopted in infancy as a gift from the Hittite king because the Egyptian queen had six daughters. If you were King Toot, would you
a. speak in the Indo-European Hittite language in front of your Hamitic-speaking Egyptian Regent, thereby possibly inflaming the nationalism in him (investigative) or
b. plan and organize methodically to have a whole line of people close to you from your own country of origin (in what is now called central Turkey) rather than from Egypt in which you were raised?
(decisive)
a. □

b. □

10. Would you rather write about
a. terms of the treaty between Hatti and Kemet (Egypt) based on the facts provided by records (down-to-earth) or
b. the theories set in motion when Aye marries Toot's widow and soon after, the widow disappears, and Aye marries Queen Tiye? (verve)

a. □

b. □

 

11. Do you like writing about
a. enigmas or puzzles set in motion by symbols on intimate funerary equipment in a mystery novel (rational) or
b. why no other Egyptian royalty or deities after Toot’s life span ever again were depicted with a vulture being friendly with a cobra? (enthusiastic)

a. □

b. □

12. A tag line shows the mood/emotion in the voice--how a character speaks or acts. Are you more interested in
a. compiling, counting, and indexing citations or quotes from how-to books for writers (down-to-earth) or
b. compiling tag lines that explain in fiction dialogue the specific behaviors or gestures such as, “Yes, he replied timorously.”? (verve)

a. □

b. □

13. Would you rather write
a. dialog (enthusiastic) or
b. description? (rational)

a. □

b. □
14. To publicize your writing, would you rather
a. give spectacular presentations or shows without preparation or prior notice (investigative) or
b. have to prepare a long time in advance to speak or perform? (decisive)

a. □

b. □

15. If you were Queen Ankh-Es-En-Amen, would you prefer to
a. receive warnings well in advance and without surprises that Aye is planning to get rid of you and marry Queen Tiye (adoptive grandmother of Toot); so you could conveniently disappear (decisive) or
b. adapt to last-moment changes by never getting down to your last man or your last beer? (investigative)

a. □

b. □

16. As a scribe, artist, and poet in ancient Egypt would you
a. feel constrained by King Toot's time schedules and deadlines (due dates) (investigative) or
b. set realistic timetables and juggle priorities? (decisive)

a. □

b. □

17. As Toot's widow, do you feel bound to
a. go with social custom, do the activities itemized on the social calendar, and marry your dead husband's unmarried
brother because it's organized according to a plan (decisive) or
b. go with the flow of the relationship, deal with issues as they arise, make no commitments or assumptions about what's the right thing to do because time changes plans? (investigative)

 

a. □

b. □

18. You're the Hittite King, Shup-Pilu-Liu-Mas reading Toot's widow's
desperate letter in your own country. Is your reply to the Egyptian Queen more likely to be
a. one brief, concise, and to the point letter (rational) or
b. one sociable, friendly, empathetic and time-consuming letter? (enthusiastic)

a. □

b. □

19. You're King Toot contemplating who most wants to replace you with an
Egyptian ruler. You make a list of

a. the pros and cons of each person close to you (rational) or
b. varied comments from friends and relatives on what they say behind your back regarding how your influence them and what they want from you. (enthusiastic)

a. □

b. □

20. You're the scribe trying to solve Toot's murder in ancient Egypt. Would you rather investigate
a. the tried and true facts about Aye (down-to-earth) or
b. want to see what's in the overall picture before you fill in the clues? (verve)
a. □

b. □

21. You’re a scribe painting Toot's tomb shortly after his demise and you
a. seldom make errors of detail when looking for clues such as taking notice of Aye's wedding present to the young, healthy Queen--her freshly inscribed coffin. (down-to-earth) or
b. prefer more innovative work like writing secret love poems to the Queen disguised as prayers and watching for Toot's ghost to escape through the eight-inch square hole cut in the rock of his tomb. (verve)

a. □

b. □

22. As a scribe in ancient Egypt, you become
a. tired when you work alone all day in a dimly torchlit tomb (outgoing) or
b. tired when King Toot interrupts your concentration on your work to demand that you greet and entertain his guests all evening at banquets. (loner).

a. □

b. □

23. When the Queen asks you as a scribe to write love poems for her that she can
hand to Toot, you

a. create the ideas for your poems by long discussions with the Queen (outgoing) or
b. prefer to be alone when you reach deep down inside your spirit to listen to what your Ka and Ba (soul entities) tell you as the only resource for writing metaphors. (loner)

a. □

b. □

24. You are in ancient Egypt investigating the death of Toot and prefer to
a. question many different foreigners and locals at boisterous celebrations in different languages (outgoing) or
b. disregard outside events and look inside the family history/genealogy inscriptions on a stellae (stone tablet or obelisk) for the culprit. (loner)

a. □

b. □

25. King Toot, at age nine asks you to develop ideas for him about how to act when
ascending the throne so young. You prefer to develop ideas through

a. reflection, meditation, and prayer (loner) or
b. discussions and interviews among Toot’s playmates on what makes Toot laugh. (outgoing)

a. □

b. □

26. As a scribe you are
a. rarely cautious about the family position of those with whom you socialize as long as they are kind, righteous people who do good deeds (outgoing) or
b. seeking one person with power to raise you from scribe to governor of
Egypt, if only the pharaoh would ask your advice. (loner)

a. □

b. □

27. You are a sculptor in ancient Egypt when the pharaoh asks you to carve a name for yourself on a marble column that's a special representation of its owner. Would you
a. inscribe the hieroglyph that means ‘remote’ (loner) or
b. choose a special name for yourself that means, “He who shares time easily with many foreigners?” (outgoing)

a. □

b. □
28. As an ancient scribe, do you work better when you
a. spend your day off where no one can see you asking the Sphinx why its claws are so sharp and made of reef-formed limestone (loner) or
b. spend your free time training teams of apprentice scribes to sculpt their own faces? (outgoing)

a. □

b. □

 

29. If you discovered a new land, would you build your cities upon

a. your wise elders’ principles as they always have worked well before (traditional) or

b. unfamiliar cargo that traders brought from afar to civilize your land? (change-driven)

a.□

b.□

 

30. Do you depict your king’s victories on a stone column exactly as

a. surviving witnesses from both sides recounted the events (change-driven) or

b. the pharaoh wants people to see? (traditional)

a.□

b.□

 

31. If you’re self-motivated, would you avoid learning from your overseer because

a. your overseer doesn’t keep up with the times (change-driven) or

b. your overseer doesn’t let you follow in your father’s footsteps? (traditional)

a.□

b.□

32. Would you prefer to

a. train scribes because your father taught you how to do it well (traditional) or

b. move quickly from one project to another forever? (change-driven)

a.□

b.□

33. Do you feel like an outsider when

a. you think more about the future than about current chores (change-driven) or

b. invaders replace your forefathers’ familiar foods with unfamiliar cuisine? (traditional)

a.□

b.□

34. Do you quickly

a. solve problems for those inside when you’re coming from outside (change-driven) or

b. refuse to spend your treasures to develop new ideas that might fail? (traditional)

a.□

b.□

35. Would you rather listen to and learn from philosophers that

a. predict a future in which old habits are replaced with new ones (change-driven) or

b. are only interested in experiencing one day at a time? (traditional)

a.□

b.□

                                               

                                                          #

 

 


 

 

Self-Scoring the Test

Add up the number of answers for each of the following ten writing style traits for the 36 questions. There are seven questions for each group. The ten categories are made up of five opposite pairs.

Down-to-earth                      Verve

Rational                                 Enthusiastic

Decisive                                 Investigative

Loner                                     Outgoing

Traditional                             Change-Driven

 

Then put the numbers for each answer next to the categories. See the same self-scored test and results below.

1. Total Down-to-earth                6. Total Verve

2. Total Rational                            7. Total Enthusiastic

3. Total Decisive                           8. Total Investigative

4. Total Loner                                9. Total Outgoing

5. Total Traditional                       10. Total Change-Driven

 

To get your score, you’re only adding up the number of answers for each of the 10 categories (five pairs) above. See the sample self-scored test below. Note that there are seven questions for each of the five pairs (or 10 designations). There are 35 questions. Seven questions times five categories equal 35 questions. Keep the number of questions you design for each category equal.

                                                          #
 

Here’s a Sample Scored Test

Take the “King Toot” Creative Writing Aptitude Classifier Quiz
 Are you best-suited to be a digital interactive story writer on ancient
Egypt, a nonfiction writer, or a mystery writer using ancient Egyptian themes or related ancient themes? Do you think like a fiction writer? Take the writing style preference classifier and find out how you approach your favorite writing style using Toot’s facts and acts.

          Which genre is for you--interactive, traditional, creative nonfiction, fiction, decisive or investigative? Would you rather write for readers that need to interact with their own story endings or plot branches? Which style best fits you? What’s your writing profile?

Take this ancient echoes writing genre interest classifier and see the various ways in which way you can be more creative. Do you prefer to write investigative, logical nonfiction or imaginative fiction—or a mixture of both?

 

                                                          ***

The 10 Choices:

 

The Choices:

Grounded           Verve

Rational              Enthusiastic

Decisive              Investigative

Loner                  Outgoing
Traditional         Change-Driven


Writer's Creativity Style Classifier

You are a mystery writer working on an interactive audio book for the Web about a scribe in ancient Egypt, 1,350 B.C., who has unending adventures trying to track down the person who bashed King Toot with a golden vulture mallet and a cobra-headed hammer.

Your scribe is in a race against time to save Toot's teenaged widow, Ankh-Es-En-Amen, from being forced into an unwilling marriage with Toot's male nanny-Regent, Aye, who is determined to become Pharaoh by marrying the Queen. How will you write this interactive story, according to your writing style preferences?

Clues

The leading character is ‘Mose,’ the scribe, not the prophet, Moses. The name Mose or Moses in ancient Egyptian means “from the water.” The name “Toot Mose” means “wise one from the water” (The name usually means gift of the Nile.) Toot means wise and is represented in hieroglyphics as an owl.

Mose inherited wealth from an ancestral line of architects. He’s an Egyptian male scribe, age 20, living in the royal palace. He grew up as Toot's friend. Called "Mu" for short, this character is your alter ego and takes on your own personality as he solves problems or crimes.

                                                          ***

1. To write your story, would you prefer to
a. go to the Hittite archives in order to have translated two letters sent by Toot’s teenage widow to the Hittite king asking to send her a new husband (down-to-earth) or
b. dig deeper and find out the connections between the two documents, reading fear between the lines and noting the reluctance Toot's widow expresses in being forced to marry her servant, the Regent Aye? (verve)
a. □

b. ■

2. Would you be more interested in researching history and writing about
a. the closeness of the relationship that surfaced between the Hittites and the Egyptians in 1,350
BCE (enthusiastic) or
b. analyze the business deals and diplomatic events between these equal powers to see who was winning the race to becoming the superpower of the century? (rational)

a. ■

b. □

3. Are you more interested in the fact that
a. Toot's queen wrote all her letters in a Hittite dialect, not in Egyptian (down-to-earth) or
b. King Toot's father, Akhenaten, was so hated after his death because he worshipped one deity, that his face was scratched off all his monuments and wall friezes? (verve)

a. □

b. ■
4. Would you rather write about
a. Toot being adopted, sent as a gift from Hatti during his Egyptian step father's "durbar" festival of his 12th year of reign (enthusiastic) or
b. the mystery of why Toot was buried with both the Hittite vulture on his head and an Egyptian cobra on his crown? (rational)?

a. ■

b. □

5. You are Toot's Queen. Would you rather
a. exercise your right as a widow to claim Toot's unmarried Hittite brother, Prince Zennanza (enthusiastic) or
b. marry Toot's male nanny because it's only right and fair to restore an Egyptian to Egypt's throne? (rational)

 

a. ■

b. □

6. Toot's widow wrote to her father-in-law to send her another of his sons for
marriage to her. As a writer of her life story, would you rather

a. create a laundry list of princes that she must interview and screen in a dating game (down-to-earth) or
b. create a story where she rides 1,000 miles on a donkey to run away from her servant after he forces her to marry him and has magical adventures disguised as a 14-year old boy studying philosophy and alchemy with Babylonian
astrologers? (verve)

a. □

b. ■


7. Are you more interested in ending your story with
a. Aye marrying Toot's young widow, then taking Toot’s adoptive grand mother, Queen Tiye as a second wife, so that you have closure and an ending for your story (decisive) or
b. would you rather let your story remain open for serialization, since Toot's widow is never heard from again after Aye marries her and then marries Queen Tiye, since the fate of Toot’s widow after marrying Aye is not recorded in history? (investigative)

a. □

b. ■
8. If you were prince Zennanza, would you prefer to
a. decide immediately to obey the Hittite King and leave your own country to marry the widowed Queen of Egypt because duty required it, knowing you'll probably be killed when you arrive by the same person who killed Toot, (decisive) or
b. stall for time as long as possible, waiting for validated information to arrive regarding the diplomatic climate between Hittites and Egyptians? (investigative).

a. □

b. ■

9. You are King Toot, Pharaoh of Egypt, a Hittite prince adopted in infancy as a gift from the Hittite king because the Egyptian queen had six daughters. If you were King Toot, would you
a. speak in the Indo-European Hittite language in front of your Hamitic-speaking Egyptian Regent, thereby possibly inflaming the nationalism in him (investigative) or
b. plan and organize methodically to have a whole line of people close to you from your own country of origin (in what is now called central Turkey) rather than from Egypt in which you were raised?
(decisive)
a. ■

b. □

10. Would you rather write about
a. terms of the treaty between Hatti and Kemet (Egypt) based on the facts provided by records (down-to-earth) or
b. the theories set in motion when Aye marries Toot's widow and soon after, the widow disappears, and Aye marries Queen Tiye? (verve)

a. □

b. ■

11. Do you like writing about
a. enigmas or puzzles set in motion by symbols on intimate funerary equipment in a mystery novel (rational) or:
b. why no other Egyptian royalty or deities after Toot’s life span ever again were depicted with a vulture being friendly with a cobra? (enthusiastic)

a. □

b. ■
12. A tag line shows the mood/emotion in the voice--how a character speaks or acts. Are you more interested in
a. compiling, counting, and indexing citations or quotes from how-to books for writers (down-to-earth) or
b. compiling tag lines that explain in fiction dialogue the specific behaviors or gestures such as, “Yes, he replied timorously.”? (verve)

a. □

b. ■

13. Would you rather write
a. dialog (enthusiastic) or
b. description? (rational)

a. ■

b. □
14. To publicize your writing, would you rather
a. give spectacular presentations or shows without preparation or prior notice (investigative) or
b. have to prepare a long time in advance to speak or perform? (decisive)

a. ■

b. □

15. If you were Queen Ankh-Es-En-Amen, would you prefer to
a. receive warnings well in advance and without surprises that Aye is planning to get rid of you and marry Queen Tiye (adoptive grandmother of Toot); so you could conveniently disappear (decisive) or
b. adapt to last-moment changes by never getting down to your last man or your last beer? (investigative)

a. □

b. ■

16. As a scribe, artist, and poet in ancient Egypt would you
a. feel constrained by King Toot's time schedules and deadlines (due dates) (investigative) or
b. set realistic timetables and juggle priorities? (decisive)

a. ■

b. □

17. As Toot's widow, do you feel bound to
a. go with social custom, do the activities itemized on the social calendar, and marry your dead husband's unmarried
brother because it's organized according to a plan (decisive) or
b. go with the flow of the relationship, deal with issues as they arise, make no commitments or assumptions about what's the right thing to do because time changes plans? (investigative)

a. □

b. ■

18. You're the Hittite King, Shup-Pilu-Liu-Mas reading Toot's widow's
desperate letter in your own country. Is your reply to the Egyptian Queen more likely to be
a. one brief, concise, and to the point letter (rational) or
b. one sociable, friendly, empathetic and time-consuming letter? (enthusiastic)

a. □

b. ■

19. You're King Toot contemplating who most wants to replace you with an
Egyptian ruler. You make a list of

a. the pros and cons of each person close to you (rational) or
b. varied comments from friends and relatives on what they say behind your back regarding how your influence them and what they want from you. (enthusiastic)

a. □

b. ■

20. You're the scribe trying to solve Toot's murder in ancient Egypt. Would you rather investigate
a. the tried and true facts about Aye (down-to-earth) or
b. want to see what falls under the all-inclusive umbrella before you fill in the clues? (verve)
a. □

b. ■

21. You’re a scribe painting Toot's tomb shortly after his demise and you
a. seldom make errors of detail when looking for clues such as taking notice of Aye's wedding present to the young, healthy Queen--her freshly inscribed coffin. (down-to-earth) or
b. prefer more innovative work like writing secret love poems to the Queen disguised as
prayers and watching for Toot's ghost to escape through the eight-inch square hole cut
in the rock of his tomb. (verve)

a. □

b. ■

22. As a scribe in ancient Egypt, you become
a. tired when you work alone all day in a dimly torchlit tomb (outgoing) or
b. tired when King Toot interrupts your concentration on your work to demand that you greet and entertain his guests all evening at banquets. (loner).

a. □

b. ■

23. When the Queen asks you as a scribe to write love poems for her that she can
hand to Toot, you

a. create the ideas for your poems by long discussions with the Queen (outgoing) or
b. prefer to be alone when you reach deep down inside your spirit to listen to what your Ka and Ba (soul entities) tell you as the only resource for writing metaphors. (loner)

a. □

b. ■

24. You are in ancient Egypt investigating the death of Toot and prefer to
a. question many different foreigners and locals at boisterous celebrations in different languages (outgoing) or
b. disregard outside events and look inside the family history/genealogy inscriptions on a stellae for the culprit. (loner)

a. □

b. ■

 

25. King Toot, at age nine asks you to develop ideas for him about how to act when
ascending the throne so young. You prefer to develop ideas through

a. reflection, meditation, and prayer (loner) or
b. discussions and interviews among Toot’s playmates on what makes Toot laugh. (outgoing)

a. □

b. ■

26. As a scribe you are

a. rarely cautious about the family position of those with whom you socialize as long as they are kind, righteous people who do good deeds (outgoing) or
b. seeking one person with power to raise you from scribe to governor of Egypt, if only the pharaoh would ask your advice. (loner)

a. ■

b. □

27. You are a sculptor in ancient Egypt when the pharaoh asks you to carve a name for yourself on a marble column that's a special representation of its owner. Would you
a. inscribe the hieroglyph that means ‘remote’ (loner) or
b. choose a special name for yourself that means, “He who shares time easily with
many foreigners?” (outgoing)

a. □

b. ■

28. As an ancient scribe, do you work better when you
a. spend your day off where no one can see you asking the Sphinx why its claws are so sharp and made of reef-formed limestone (loner) or
b. spend your free time training teams of apprentice scribes to sculpt their own faces? (outgoing)

a. ■

b. □

29. If you discovered a new land, would you build your cities upon

a. your wise elders’ principles as they always have worked well before (traditional) or

b. unfamiliar cargo that traders brought from afar to civilize your land? (change-driven)

a. □

b. ■

30. Do you depict your king’s victories on a stone column exactly as

a. surviving witnesses from both sides recounted the events (change-driven) or

b. the pharaoh wants people to see? (traditional)

a.□

b.■

31. If you’re self-motivated, would you avoid learning from your overseer because

a. your overseer doesn’t keep up with the times (change-driven) or

b. your overseer doesn’t let you follow in your father’s footsteps? (traditional)

a. ■

b. □

32. Would you prefer to

a. train scribes because your father taught you how to do it well (traditional) or

b. move quickly from one project to another forever? (change-driven)

a. □

b. ■

33. Do you feel like an outsider when

a. you think more about the future than about current chores (change-driven) or

b. invaders replace your forefathers’ familiar foods with unfamiliar cuisine? (traditional)

a. ■

b. □

34. Do you quickly

a. solve problems for those inside when you’re coming from outside (change-driven) or

b. refuse to spend your treasures to develop new ideas that might fail? (traditional)

a. ■

b. □

35. Would you rather listen to and learn from philosophers that

a. predict a future in which old habits are replaced with new ones (change-driven) or

b. are only interested in experiencing one day at a time? (traditional)

a. □

b. ■                                        

 

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Scores

Total Down-to-earth           0                 Total Verve 5

Total Rational             0                 Total Enthusiastic    7

Total Decisive             0                 Total Investigative    7

Total Loner                 4                 Total Outgoing          3

Total Traditional        2                 Total Change-Driven 5

 

The four highest numbers of answers are enthusiastic, investigative, imaginative loner. Choose the highest numbers first as having the most importance (or weight) in your writing style preference. Therefore, your own creative writing style and the way you plot your character’s actions, interests, and goals (for fiction writing and specifically mystery writing) is an enthusiastic investigative vivacious (verve-with-imagination) loner. Your five personality letters would be: E I V L C. (Scramble the letters to make a word to remember, the name Clive, in this case.)

Note that there is a tie between C and V. Both have a score of ‘5’. However, since ‘V’ (verve) which signifies vivacious imagination with gusto competes with ‘C’, being change-driven, the ‘verve’ in the vivacious personality wracked with creative imagination would wither in a traditional corporation that emphasizes routinely running a tight ship. Traditional firms seek to imitate successful corporations of the past that worked well and still work. They don’t need to be fixed often unless they make noise.

Instead, the dominantly change-driven creative individual would flourish better with a forward-looking, trend-setting creative corporation and build security from flexibility of job skill. When in doubt, turn to action verbs to communicate your ‘drive.’ If you’re misplaced, you won’t connect as well with co-workers and may be dubbed “a loose cannon.”

You know you’re in the right job when your personality connects with the group to share meaning. Communication is the best indicator of your personality matching a corporation’s character traits. It’s all about connecting more easily.

Your main character or alter-ego could probably be an enthusiastic investigative imaginative loner. But you’d not only have lots of imagination and creativity—but also verve, that vivacious gusto. You’d have fervor, dash, and élan.

The easily excitable, investigative, creative/imaginative loner described as having verve, is more likely to represent what you feel inside your core personality, your self-insight, as you explore your own values and interests.

It’s what you feel like, what your values represent on this test at this moment in time. That’s how a lot of personality tests work. This one is customized for fiction writers. Another test could be tailored for career area interests or for analyzing what stresses you. Think of your personality as your virtues.

Qualities on this customized test that are inherent in the test taker who projects his or her values and personality traits onto the characters would represent more of a sentimental, charismatic, imaginative, investigative individual who likes to work alone most of the time.

The person could at times be more change-driven than traditional. The real test is whether the test taker is consistent about these traits or values on many different assessments of interests, personality, or values.

What’s being tested here is imaginative fiction writing style. Writing has a personality, genre, or character of its own. The writing style and values are revealed in the way the characters drive the plot.

These sample test scores measure the preference, interest, and trait of the writer. The tone and mood are measured in this test. It’s a way of sharing meaning, of communicating by driving the characters and the plot in a selected direction.

This assessment ‘score’ reveals a fiction writer who is enthusiastically investigative in tone, mood, and texture. These ‘traits’ or values apply to the writer as well as to the primary characters in the story.

The traits driving a writer’s creativity also drive the main characters. Writer and characters work in a partnership of alter egos to move the plot forward. A creativity test lets you select and express the action, attitudes, and values of the story in a world that you shape according to clues, critical thinking, and personal likes.

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Anne Hart’s Professional Creative Non Fiction Writer’s Job Task Interest Classifier

 

The classifier consists of twenty-eight questions that are designed to measure your preferred style of full-time professional creative nonfiction writing and relationships at work for all types of communicators: journalists, technical and medical writers, science writers, editors, journalists, indexers, publicists, communications-related educators, corporate report and marketing writers, human resources and career development writers, researchers, writing educators, and public/professional speakers. Each question presents two possible answers: ‘a’ and ‘b’.

There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers—only differences in personality preferences measured in shades of gray based on choices. The idea is to develop writing with clarity and writing to resolve issues, solve problems, and communicate measurable results. The goal of a writer is to connect ideas or solutions to problems from the text or speech to the reader through the written word in print, multimedia, or spoken.

          Use your score to match your personality preference with the preferences of potential employers or team mates. Or use for team-building exercises. Fit your own interests, traits, or preferences with what’s required of you on the job and as you interact with your peers at work.

Instructions       

1.    Read each possible answer, and place a check mark in the corresponding box to mark your preferred response. Leave the other box blank.

2.    Count the number of check marks in columns ‘1’ and ‘2’ for each page, and write your score for each column at the bottom of each page.

     After you have answered all the questions, transfer your page totals to the score sheet. Have fun. Enjoy the assessment.

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1.    You would rather promote your latest book by:

a.     An author tour. □

b.    Online chats.     □

 

2.    Where will your research start for your next article or book?

a.     Interviewing out in the field.              □

b.    Recording your inner hunch.             □

 

3.    Most of your ideas for writing reflect:

a. Your internal feelings or thoughts. □

b. Current issues in the news about people. □

 

4.    What kind of relationship would you like with your publisher?

a.     Direct contact by phone. □

b.    Indirect contact via email. □

 

5. How do you feel after conducting an interview?

a.     Energized enough to open more doors. □

b.    Exhausted enough to meditate in seclusion. □

 

6.    Which article interests you enough to research?

a.     A question-and-answer interview. □

b.    A collection of one-line quotes. □

 

7.    Which work style would interest you most?

a.     Collaboration with team mates over lunch. □

b.    Working alone on a book at your own pace. □

 

8.    In investigating and reporting crime news, which set of clues would you prefer to finally expose the culprit?

a.     Dates and facts on the culprit’s letters. □

b.    Your own inner hunch about the culprit’s personality. □

 

9.    Would you rather write:

a.     Practical-how-to articles or books? □

b.    Books or reports that forecast trends? □

 

10.           Which company feels like the best-fit work place?

a.     A traditional periodical with a fact-checker. □

b.    A socially bold venture capitalist pushing the limits. □

 

11.           If you were an editor-in-chief, which job would you want to?

a.     Edit a trendy fashion, sports, or travel magazine. □

b.    Edit industrial, government, or technical trade journals. □

 

12.           When writing professionally, would you rather:

a.     Keep sentences under ten words with bulleted lists? □

b.    Use metaphors and mind-mapping visuals? □

 

13.           You most often write about:

a.     The process. □

b.    The result. □

 

14.           Which would you rather review?

a.     A textbook, guidebook, or manual. □

b.    A novel. □

 

15.           How do you decide?

a.     By reasoning, thinking, or logic. □

b.    By gut hunches. □

 

 

16.           Which topic would most interest you?

a.     Entertainment law. □

b.    Storytelling. □

 

17.           Would you rather see your byline on?

a.     Amazing True Life Story Confessions Magazine. □

b.    Rough Terrain Wheelchair Technology Design Magazine. □

 

18.           Would you rather write or edit for a publisher who:

a.     Outsmarts the competition with 10 proven tactics? □

b.    Cultivates creative expression brainstorming lunches? □

 

19.           Would you rather write about?

a.     New applications of artificial intelligence and heuristics. □

b.    Virtual reality therapy for agoraphobia. □

 

20.           Which topic would you rather investigate as your new hobby?

a.     Niche or ethnic romance online. □

b.    Robots, avatars, and smart agents online. □

 

21.           Your editor returns your completed manuscript with shocking changes. How do you feel?

a.     You appreciate the feedback because it leads to improvement in the work and in your reputation. □

b.    Your feelings would be hurt by criticism of the real you. □

 

22.           Visitors to your Web site or office will find:

a.     Well-organized files and outlines. □

b.    Spontaneous surprises. □

 

23.           Which is a better description of your favorite editor:

a.     Makes changes up to the last minute. □

b.    Plans revisions well-in-advance. □

 

24.           You manage your writing time by:

a.     Prioritizing cycles of work and rest. □

b.    Working in spurts when inspired by something you see. □

 

25.           You’ll promote your new book by:

a.     Serializing the chapters for magazines. □

b.    Selling it to the highest bidder in a silent auction. □

 

26.           Which full-time job do you prefer for the next four decades?

a.     Freelance writing, editing, or indexing. No pension, insurance, or benefits. □

b.    Staff employment as a writer, full time, with pension, insurance, & benefits. □

 

27.           Which project is your favorite?

a.     An interactive workshop online. □

b.    A tutorial guaranteed to improve your writing. □

 

28.           For which company would you rather work?

a.     An old money corporation running a tight ship that’s steeped in tradition and rarely changing the repetition of your editorial and public relations job duties. □

b.    A small, very creative business that changes direction on the fly with each new project you’re assigned but could close if it loses funding or bread-and-butter clients. □

 

 

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How to Self-Score the Classifier

 

Grounded                     Verve

Rational                        Enthusiastic

Decisive                        Investigative

Loner                            Outgoing
Traditional                   Change-Driven

 

To score the classifier, add up the number of ‘A’ answers and ‘B’ answers, and enter the sums in the ‘TOTAL’ Boxes below.

Total A answers □       Total B Answers □ Then proceed to your next step below.

1. Transfer your totals from the bottom of each page to the appropriate section in the table below.

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Description Column 1 Column 2

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Part I:

This score indicates whether you are more of a loner or more outgoing.

□ □

Loner (L) Outgoing (O)

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Part II

This score determines whether you prefer to absorb real-world, present-day practical details through your vision, touch, smell, and hearing or would rather take in theoretical, abstract information based on ideas or faith instead of present or historical proven facts. Down-to-Earth people take in details by seeing, hearing, smelling or touching tangible objects. Individuals with verve are vivacious, imaginative people full of gusto that prefer to take in information by focusing on the intangible ideas and abstract theories, vision, and beliefs of what could be possible with a extra exploration of what is real about reality.

          Those with verve prefer to state that our eyes or memory could deceive us regarding reality. Grounded, down-to-Earth people may not have as much verve, but they do have gumption and drive. They and prefer to state concisely information that they can verify, see, touch, hear, or smell as reality. Down-to earth individuals need to know that the facts aren’t flawed.                                        □ □

 

Grounded (G) Verve (V)

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Part III

This score shows whether your judgment is based on rational or enthusiastic processes. Enthusiastic people make decisions based on their gut feelings. Rational people decide according to a list of pros and cons. They weigh the negatives against the positives on their list and go with the greatest number when they add up the negatives and compare them against the positives on a laundry list before making a decision.

Rational people tell us to use our brain more and our reactions to events less before we act or make a decision. Rational fellows focus on critical thinking. Enthusiastic people emphasize speaking their minds, listening to healing sounds, going with the flow of gut hunches, favorite dramas, cargo magic, mind-body-spirit research, body movements, connecting, and the sixth sense.

                                       □ □

Rational (R) Enthusiastic (E)

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Part IV

This score reveals your tolerance for ambiguity and change. Decisive people are well organized, methodical, and need to make quick decisions under the pressure of reduced time and stress. They may overlook vital information that they didn’t take time to evaluate. By deciding so quickly, they could hit a blind spot that could derail their executive careers early-on.

So they have to learn to make decisions only after looking over the most valuable information needed to make a decision. Investigative people, on the other hand, like to wait until all the facts are in before making a decision. They enjoy investigating all the possibilities or alternatives before closing the book or signing the contracts. They don’t want to overlook something important.

                                      □ □

Decisive (D)  Investigative (I)

                                                         


 

Part V

This score reveals how much you prefer to be driven by tradition or driven by a need for constant change. An example of a change-driven person would be a need to keep on working on a new project frequently.

No sooner is your last project finished then you want to forget about it and go on to the next project. You’d do best in a job or your own business where you can work on different projects that gave you a chance to learn new information or skills.

          If you’re a traditional person rather than a change-driven individual, you’d be better off looking for work with a traditional company that offers you the security you need. It’s more important to stay with a company and grow as long as you have the health insurance, promotions, benefits, vacations, pensions, and perks.

You wouldn’t mind routine job tasks as much as the change-driven person. If you want to work for a forward-looking change-driven firm that offers less security but more chance to explore, look for surprises with companies that are forward-looking or those that focus on new trends, such as think tanks. You won’t be happy doing the same routine all day

such as teaching the same subject year after year or routine clerical tasks that never seem to change in scope.

□ □

Traditional (T) Change-Driven (C)

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2. Circle the letter under your highest score in each category. Then write the circle’s letter in the corresponding blank spaces below to reveal your personality preference.

3. Congratulations! You’re an ___ ___ ___ ___ ___                                                                          I II III IV V

 

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Take the “Howling Wolf’s Scribe” Creative Writing Preference Classifier

©2007 by Anne Hart

Also see my Howling Wolf Scribe fiction writer’s creativity enhancement assessment (for entertainment purposes) in print in my paperback book titled, 30+ Brain-Exercising Creativity Coach Businesses to Open: How to Use Writing, Music, Drama & Art Therapy Techniques for Healing copyright by Anne Hart, M.A. ISBN-13: 978-0-595-42710-9. Published by ASJA Press imprint, iUniverse, inc. 2007. (http://www.iuniverse.com). Click on Bookstore. Search paperback books by title. 

            Are you best-suited to be an ethnographic story writer, a nonfiction writer, digital interactive author, theatrical, cinematic, or a mystery writer using historic, imaginative, fantasy, and/or ethnographic themes? How about investigative journalism based on history or fiction based on historical themes? Do you think like a fiction writer? Take the writing style preference classifier and find out how you approach your favorite writing style using Zabeyko’s facts and acts.

            Which genre is for you--interactive, traditional, creative nonfiction, fiction, decisive or investigative? Would you rather write for readers that need to interact with their own story endings or plot branches? Which style best fits you? What’s your writing profile?

Take this ancient echoes writing genre interest classifier and see the various ways in which way you can be more creative. Do you prefer to write investigative, logical nonfiction or imaginative fiction—or a mixture of both? There are 35 questions—seven questions for each of the five pairs. There are 10 choices.

 

The Choices:

 

Grounded                   Verve

Rational                      Enthusiastic

Decisive                       Investigative

         Loner                          Outgoing
         Traditional                 Change-Driven

  

Writer's Creativity Style Preference Classifier

 

Use the clues to inspire your own creativity in writing historic or mystery fiction. You are a mystery writer working on an interactive audio book of stories with clues for the Web about a scribe and music composer prodigy, Zabeyko, who lives and works in Wolkowysk (Howling Wolf), White Russia (now Belarus) near Bialystok of 1812, in the ancient Grodno province the time Napoleon visited. Zabeyko’s father, Kutkowski, has unending adventures trying to track down the person who gifted the multi-lingual musical prodigy child, Zabeyko, with a golden scholarship to study musical performance far away in Venice.

Zabeyko, son of a Tatar prince, is the young, adopted son of the famous Baltic wolf tamer, Polotskay Kutkowski. Surrounding the area is a forest known historically for its howling wolves. In Kutkowski’s gentle hands, the wolves sing opera as they stand on the rooftops of light-reflecting gingerbread-type houses in the midst of snowy winters and, tall, fresh-scented pine trees.

It’s December, and the holidays are being celebrated among Wolkowysk’s diverse and expanding population. The nation has just fallen back again under Russian rule.

When music prodigy, Zabeyko mysteriously disappears from his music tutor, Azarello, in Vienna when he was supposed to be studying music with that tutor in Venice, you as the mystery writer and scribe are in a race against time to save Zabeyko’s teenaged fiancée, Jadwiga, from being forced into an unwilling marriage with Zabeyko’s first childhood music tutor and male nanny, Jagello of the Zamkover forest. Jagello told Zabyeko’s father that his son, probably murdered by river bandits, is buried in Vienna on lands owned by the music tutor from Venice who has fled to family in Vienna.

You are hired as the scribe and investigator, much like an early investigative journalist who must follow clues and solve the mystery for his step father, Polotskay Kutkowski. But there is another famous wolf tamer in town. Your ‘avatar’name is Efrosinia.

 It is Jagello, who owns a competing traveling circus. Both Kutkowski and Jagello are wealthy land owners who compete in their circus acts, and both own equally prosperous traveling circuses.

Jagello is determined to become the greatest wolf tamer of them all in his traveling circus by marrying the wealthy Jadwiga. How will you write this interactive story, according to your writing style preferences? 

 

Clues

The leading character is Napoleon’s greatest enemy of the howling wolf forest, a wise, older woman, Efrosinia, the scribe and healer who knows exactly which plants will heal and nurse the villagers back to health. Efrosinia, the scribe and healer is rightly named after Efrosinia Polatskaya, a patron saint (who took a new name, Pradslava) of the land now called Belarus. You are now Efrosinia.

As a leading character, Efrosinia is a woman of 1812 fortunate enough to have inherited wealth from an ancestral line of architects. She grew up as a friend to the Kutkowski extended family. This character, Efrosinia, is your alter ego and takes on your own personality as she solves problems or crimes using her healing touch.

 

1. To write your story, would you prefer to
a. go to the Belarus archives in order to have translated two letters sent by Zabeyko’s teenage fiancée, Jadwiga to the 1812 ruler of Wolkowysk asking to send her a new fiancé (down-to-earth) or
b. dig deeper and find out the connections between the two documents, reading fear between the lines and noting the reluctance Zabeyko’s fiancée expresses in being forced to marry her servant, the tutor, Jagello? (verve)
a. □

b. □

 

2. Would you be more interested in researching history and writing about
a. the closeness or distance of the relationships that surfaced between the Belarus farmers, Baltic Lithuanians, Russians, and the Poles (enthusiastic) or
b. analyze the business deals and diplomatic events between these equal powers to see who was winning the race to becoming the superpower of the century? (rational)

a. □

b. □


3. Are you more interested in the fact that
a. Zabeyko’s teenage fiancée, Jadwiga wrote all her letters in Swedish, not in the Belarus (White Russian) dialect (down-to-earth) or

b. Zabeyko’s father, Polotskay Kutkowski, was so hated after his death because he worshipped the spirits inhabiting pine trees, that his face was scratched off all his monuments and wall friezes in his traveling circus? (verve)

a. □

b. □


4. Would you rather write about
a. Zabeyko being adopted, sent as a gift from a Tatar trader during his step father's  festival celebrating the birth of his 12th son (enthusiastic) or
b. the mystery of why Zabeyko turned up “buried in Budapest” (never reaching Venice) near his music teacher’s land with both the Tatar horse amulet, a tamga, on his neck and a cobra twisted into music notes on his headstone? (rational)?

a. □

b. □


 

5. You are Jadwiga. Would you rather
a. exercise your right as a fiancée to claim Zabeyko's unmarried Tatar brother, Prince Atil (enthusiastic) or
b. marry Zabeyko's male nanny, Jagello because it's only right and fair to restore a Tatar prince in hiding from his throne even while he dwells in Wolkowysk, as he works with equally brilliant Jadwiga? (rational)

a. □

b. □

 

6. Zabeyko's fiancée wrote to her father-in-law to send her another of his sons for marriage to her. As a writer of her life story, would you rather


a. create a laundry list of princes either Tatar, Russian, Polish, Lithuanian, or of Wolkowysk, that she must interview and screen in a dating game (down-to-earth) or

b. create a story where she rides 1,000 miles across the forests and steppes to run away from Zabeyko’s tutor, Jagello after he forces her to marry him. Finding herself childless, she then studies design disguised as a 14-year old boy. But growing wiser and older, she travels in disguise along the Silk Road to study architecture where she meets her true soul mate and business partner. (verve)

a. □

b. □

 

7. Are you more interested in ending your story with


a. Jagello marrying Zabeyko's fiancée, Jadwiga, then quickly getting rid of  Jadwiga as Jagello marries Zabeyko’s adoptive grandmother,  Pradislava, for her land and property.as his second wife, so that you have closure and an ending for your story (decisive) or
b. would you rather let your story remain open for serialization, since Zabeyko's fiancée  is never heard from again and disappears just like Zabeyko did after Jagello marries her and then marries his adoptive grandmother, Pradislava. The fate of Zabeyko’s fiancée after marrying Zabeyko’s tutor, Jagello is not recorded in history. (investigative)

a. □

b. □

 

8. If you were a Tatar prince living in a foreign land, would you prefer to


a. decide immediately to obey the diverse European nobles of Wolkowysk and leave Tataristan to marry Jadwiga of the howling wolf forests because duty required it, knowing you'll probably be killed when you arrive by the same person who killed Zabeyko, (decisive) or
b. stall for time as long as possible, waiting for validated information to arrive regarding the diplomatic climate between Tatars and Russians? (investigative).

a. □

b. □

 

 9. You are Zabeyko, a Tatar prince adopted in infancy by a wealthy Belarus owner of many traveling circus acts. You have been given as a gift from the Tatar king to the Baltic Tribes because his wife had six daughters and no sons. If you were Zabeyko, would you
a. speak in the Tatar tongue in front of your Slavic tutor, thereby possibly inflaming the nationalism in him (investigative) or
b. plan and organize methodically to have a whole line of people close to you from your own Tataristan rather than from the Slavic lands in which you were raised?
(decisive)
a. □

b. □

 

10. Would you rather write about
a. terms of the treaty between Tatars and the Slavs based on the facts provided by records (down-to-earth) or
b. the theories set in motion when Jagello marries Jadwiga and soon after, she disappears, just like her financee, Zabeyko, and Jabello then marries Zabeyko’s mother? (verve)

a. □

b. □

 

11. Do you like writing about
a. enigmas or puzzles set in motion by symbols on intimate funerary equipment in a mystery novel (rational) or
b. why no other Tatar royalty emblem after Zabeyko’s life span ever again appeared on a medallion with a horse tamga inscribed in scrimshaw ivory with a vulture? (enthusiastic)

a. □

b. □

 

12. A tag line shows the mood/emotion in the voice--how a character speaks or acts. Are you more interested in
a. compiling, counting, and indexing citations or quotes from how-to books for writers (down-to-earth) or
b. compiling tag lines that explain in fiction dialogue the specific behaviors or gestures such as, “Yes, he replied timorously.”? (verve)

a. □

b. □

 

13. Would you rather write
a. dialog (enthusiastic) or
b. description? (rational)

a. □

b. □

14. To publicize your writing, would you rather
a. give spectacular presentations or shows without preparation or prior notice (investigative) or
b. have to prepare a long time in advance to speak or perform? (decisive)

a. □

b. □

 

15. If you were Jadwiga, would you prefer to
a. receive warnings well in advance and without surprises that Jagello is planning to get rid of you and marry your would-be mother-in-law (adoptive grandmother of Zabeyko) so you could conveniently disappear (decisive) or
b. adapt to last-moment changes by never getting down to your last man or your last coin? (investigative)

a. □

b. □

 

16. As a scribe, artist, and poet in Wolkowysk when Napoleon visited, would you
a. feel constrained by Zabeyko's time schedules and deadlines (investigative) or
b. set realistic timetables and juggle priorities? (decisive)

a. □

b. □

  

17. As Zabeyko's widow, do you feel bound to
a. go with social custom, do the activities itemized on the social calendar, and

marry your dead husband's unmarried brother because it's organized according to a plan (decisive) or
b. go with the flow of the relationship, deal with issues as they arise, make no commitments or assumptions about what's the right thing to do because time changes plans? (investigative)

a. □

b. □

 

18. You're the Tatar prince reading Jadwiga’s,
desperate letter. Is your reply to Jadwiga more likely to be
a. one brief, concise, and to the point letter (rational) or
b. one sociable, friendly, empathetic and time-consuming letter? (enthusiastic)

a. □

b. □

  

19. You're the Tatar prince and music prodigy, Zabeyko, adopted and re-named by Belarus step-parents. You’re contemplating who wants more to replace you with a local noble. You make a list of
a. the pros and cons of each person close to you (rational) or
b. varied comments from friends and relatives on what they say behind your back regarding how your influence them and what they want from you. (enthusiastic)

a. □

b. □

 

20. You're the scribe trying to solve Zabeyko's murder in Vienna when he was supposed to be studying music in Venice. Would you rather investigate
a. the tried and true facts about Jagello (down-to-earth) or
b. want to see what's in the overall picture before you fill in the clues? (verve)
a. □

b. □

 

21. You’re a scribe painting Zabeyko's tomb shortly after his demise and you
a. seldom make errors of detail when looking for clues such as taking notice of Jagello’s wedding present to the young, healthy Jadwiga--her freshly inscribed coffin. (down-to-earth) or
b. prefer more innovative work like writing secret love poems to Jadwiga disguised as prayers and watching for Zabeyko's ghost to escape through the eight-inch square hole you cut in his headstone. (verve)

a. □

b. □

 

22. As a scribe in 1812 Wolkowysk, you become
a. tired when you work alone all day in a dimly torchlit room (outgoing) or
b. tired when Zabeyko interrupts your concentration on your work to demand that you greet and entertain his guests all evening at banquets. (loner).

a. □

b. □

 

23. When Jadwiga asks you as a scribe to write love poems for her that she can send to Zabeyko, you
a. create the ideas for your poems by long discussions with her (outgoing) or
b. prefer to be alone when you reach deep down inside your spirit to listen to what your soul entities tell you as the only resource for writing metaphors. (loner)

a. □

b. □ 

  

24. You travel to Venice and Vienna investigating the death of Zabeyko and prefer to
a. question many different foreigners and locals at boisterous celebrations in different languages (outgoing) or
b. disregard outside events and look inside the family history/genealogy inscriptions for the culprit. (loner)

a. □

b. □

 

25. Zabeyko, at age nine asks you to develop ideas for him about how to act when writing music. You prefer to develop ideas through
a. reflection, meditation, and prayer (loner) or
b. discussions and interviews among Zabeyko’s playmates on what makes Zabeyko laugh. (outgoing)

a. □

b. □
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26. As a scribe you are
a. rarely cautious about the family position of those with whom you socialize as long as they are kind, righteous people who do good deeds (outgoing) or
b. seeking one person with power to raise you from scribe to noble, if only the richest noble in Wolkowysk would ask your advice. (loner)

a. □

b. □

 

27. You are a designer and builder of palaces. A rich noble asks you to carve a name for yourself on his palace door that's a special representation of its builder. Would you
a. inscribe the word that means ‘remote’ (loner) or
b. choose a special name for yourself that means, “He who shares time easily with many foreigners?” (outgoing)

a. □

b. □

 

28. As an early 19th century scribe, do you work better when you
a. spend your day off daydreaming where no one can see you (loner) or
b. spend your free time training teams of apprentice scribes? (outgoing)

a. □

b. □

 

29. If you discovered a new land, would you build your cities upon

a. your wise elders’ principles as they always have worked well before (traditional) or

b. unfamiliar cargo that traders brought from afar? (change-driven)

a.□

b.□

 

30. Do you depict your ruler’s victories on a stone column exactly as

a. surviving witnesses from both sides recounted the events (change-driven) or

b. only the ruler wants people to see? (traditional)

a.□

b.□

 

31. If you’re self-motivated, would you avoid learning from your overseer because

a. your overseer doesn’t keep up with the times (change-driven) or

b. your overseer doesn’t let you follow in your father’s footsteps? (traditional)

a.□

b.□

 

32. Would you prefer to

a. train scribes because your father taught you how to do it well (traditional) or

b. move quickly from one project to another forever? (change-driven)

a.□

b.□

 

33. Do you feel like an outsider when

a. you think more about the future than about current chores (change-driven) or

b. invaders replace your forefathers’ familiar foods with unfamiliar cuisine? (traditional)

a.□

b.□

 

34. Do you quickly

a. solve problems for those inside when you’re coming from outside (change-driven) or

b. refuse to spend your treasures to develop new ideas that might fail? (traditional)

a.□

b.□

 

35. Would you rather listen to and learn from philosophers that

a. predict a future in which old habits are replaced with new ones (change-driven) or

b. are only interested in experiencing one day at a time? (traditional)

a.□

b.□    

                                                                       

 Self-Scoring the Test

 

Add up the number of answers for each of the following ten writing style traits for the 36 questions. There are seven questions for each group. The ten categories are made up of five opposite pairs.

 

Down-to-earth                                   Verve

Rational                                              Enthusiastic

Decisive                                               Investigative

Loner                                                  Outgoing

Traditional                                         Change-Driven

 

Then put the numbers for each answer next to the categories. See the same self-scored test and results below.

 

 

1. Total Down-to-earth                     6. Total Verve

2. Total Rational                               7. Total Enthusiastic

3. Total Decisive                                8. Total Investigative

         4. Total Loner                                    9. Total Outgoing

         5. Total Traditional                         10. Total Change-Driven

 

To get your score, you’re only adding up the number of answers for each of the 10 categories (five pairs) above. See the sample self-scored test below. Note that there are seven questions for each of the five pairs (or 10 designations). There are 35 questions. Seven questions times five categories equal 35 questions. Keep the number of questions you design for each category equal.

 

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Here is a Sample Self-Scored Assessment with Answers

 

Take the “Howling Wolf’s Scribe” Creative Writing Preference Classifier

©2007 by Anne Hart


            Are you best-suited to be a digital interactive or ethnographic story writer, a nonfiction writer, or a mystery writer using historic themes? Do you think like a fiction writer? Take the writing style preference classifier and find out how you approach your favorite writing style using Zabeyko’s facts and acts.

            Which genre is for you--interactive, traditional, creative nonfiction, fiction, decisive or investigative? Would you rather write for readers that need to interact with their own story endings or plot branches? Which style best fits you? What’s your writing profile?

Take this ancient echoes writing genre interest classifier and see the various ways in which way you can be more creative. Do you prefer to write investigative, logical nonfiction or imaginative fiction—or a mixture of both? There are 35 questions—seven questions for each of the five pairs. There are 10 choices.

 

The 10 Choices:

 

The Choices:

 

Grounded                   Verve

Rational                      Enthusiastic

Decisive                       Investigative

         Loner                          Outgoing
         Traditional                 Change-Driven

 

Sample Scores

 

Total Down-to-earth          0                      Total Verve 5

Total Rational                     0                      Total Enthusiastic 7

Total Decisive                      0                  Total Investigative 7

Total Loner                          4                  Total Outgoing 3

Total Traditional                 2                  Total Change-Driven 5

 

In the already self-scored sample assessment that follows, the four highest numbers of answers are enthusiastic, investigative, imaginative loner. Choose the highest numbers first as having the most importance (or weight) in your writing style preference. Therefore, your own creative writing style and the way you plot your character’s actions, interests, and goals (for fiction writing and specifically mystery writing) is an enthusiastic investigative vivacious (verve-with-imagination) loner. Your five personality letters would be: E I V L C. (Scramble the letters to make a word to remember, the name Clive, in this case.)

Note that there is a tie between C and V. Both have a score of ‘5’. However, since ‘V’ (verve) which signifies vivacious imagination with gusto competes with ‘C’ being change-driven, the ‘verve’ in the vivacious personality wracked with creative imagination would wither in a traditional corporation that emphasizes routinely running a tight ship. Traditional firms seek to imitate successful corporations of the past that worked well and still work. They don’t need to be fixed often unless they make noise.

Instead, the dominantly change-driven creative individual would flourish better with a forward-looking, trend-setting creative corporation and build security from flexibility of job skill. When in doubt, turn to action verbs to communicate your ‘drive.’ If you’re misplaced, you won’t connect as well with co-workers and may be dubbed “a loose cannon.”

You know you’re in the right job when your personality connects with the group to share meaning. Communication is the best indicator of your personality matching a corporation’s character traits. It’s all about connecting more easily.

Your main character or alter-ego could probably be an enthusiastic investigative imaginative loner. But you’d not only have lots of imagination and creativity—but also verve, that vivacious gusto. You’d have fervor, dash, and élan.

The easily excitable, investigative, creative/imaginative loner described as having verve, is more likely to represent what you feel inside your core personality, your self-insight, as you explore your own values and interests.

It’s what you feel like, what your values represent on this test at this moment in time. That’s how a lot of personality tests work. This one is customized for fiction writers. Another test could be tailored for career area interests or for analyzing what stresses you. Think of your personality as your virtues.

Qualities on this customized test that are inherent in the test taker who projects his or her values and personality traits onto the characters would represent more of a sentimental, charismatic, imaginative, investigative individual who likes to work alone most of the time.

The person could at times be more change-driven than traditional. The real test is whether the test taker is consistent about these traits or values on many different assessments of interests, personality, or values.

What’s being tested here is imaginative fiction writing style. Writing has a personality, genre, or character of its own. The writing style and values are revealed in the way the characters drive the plot.

These sample test scores measure the preference, interest, and trait of the writer. The tone and mood are measured in this test. It’s a way of sharing meaning, of communicating by driving the characters and the plot in a selected direction.

This assessment ‘score’ reveals a fiction writer who is enthusiastically investigative in tone, mood, and texture. These ‘traits’ or values apply to the writer as well as to the primary characters in the story.

The traits driving a writer’s creativity also drive the main characters. Writer and characters work in a partnership of alter egos to move the plot forward. A creativity test lets you select and express the action, attitudes, and values of the story in a world that you shape according to clues, critical thinking, and personal likes. Below you’ll see the definitions of the 10 key word choices in this assessment followed by the sample assessment that already is self-scored.

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Definitions of the 10 Key Words  

 

Change-Driven - Visionary and forward-looking.

Decisive - Choices based upon feedback and avoiding blind spots

Enthusiastic - Charismatic and passionate

Grounded - Reality-based and driven by hindsight and  pitfalls       

Investigative - Vigilant

Loner - Inner-directed     

Outgoing - Energized by spoken communication and touch
Traditional – Imitating and following long-time successful giants

Rational - Logical and critical thinkers

Verve - Imagination based on the big picture, and not small details.

 

 Here’s the Sample Self-Scored Assessment

 

1. To write your story, would you prefer to
a. go to the Belarus archives in order to have translated two letters sent by Zabeyko’s teenage fiancée, Jadwiga to the 1812 ruler of Wolkowysk asking to send her a new fiancé (down-to-earth) or
b. dig deeper and find out the connections between the two documents, reading fear between the lines and noting the reluctance Zabeyko’s fiancée expresses in being forced to marry her servant, the tutor, Jagello? (verve)
a. □

b. ■

 

2. Would you be more interested in researching history and writing about
a. the closeness or distance of the relationships that surfaced between the Belarus farmers, Baltic Lithuanians, Russians, and the Poles (enthusiastic) or
b. analyze the business deals and diplomatic events between these equal powers to see who was winning the race to becoming the superpower of the century? (rational)

a. ■

b. □


3. Are you more interested in the fact that
a. Zabeyko’s teenage fiancée, Jadwiga wrote all her letters in Swedish, not in the Belarus (White Russian) dialect (down-to-earth) or

b. Zabeyko’s father, Polotskay Kutkowski, was so hated after his death because he worshipped the spirits inhabiting pine trees, that his face was scratched off all his monuments and wall friezes in his traveling circus? (verve)

a. □

b. ■


4. Would you rather write about
a. Zabeyko being adopted, sent as a gift from a Tatar trader during his step father's  festival celebrating the birth of his 12th son (enthusiastic) or
b. the mystery of why Zabeyko turned up “buried in Budapest” (never reaching Venice) near his music teacher’s land with both the Tatar horse amulet, a tamga, on his neck and a cobra twisted into music notes on his headstone? (rational)?

a. ■

b. □ 

 

5. You are Jadwiga. Would you rather
a. exercise your right as a fiancée to claim Zabeyko's unmarried Tatar brother, Prince Atil (enthusiastic) or
b. marry Zabeyko's male nanny, Jagello because it's only right and fair to restore a Tatar prince in hiding from his throne even while he dwells in Wolkowysk, the foreign land that has invited him for his brilliance in architecture as he works along with equally brilliant and beautiful Jadwiga? (rational)

a. ■

b. □

 

6. Zabeyko's fiancée wrote to her father-in-law to send her another of his sons for marriage to her. As a writer of her life story, would you rather
a. create a laundry list of princes either Tatar, Russian, Polish, Lithuanian, or of Wolkowysk, that she must interview and screen in a dating game (down-to-earth) or

b. create a story where she rides 1,000 miles across the forests and steppes to run away from Zabeyko’s tutor, Jagello after he forces her to marry him. Finding herself childless, she then studies design disguised as a 14-year old boy. But growing wiser and older, she travels in disguise along the Silk Road to study architecture where she meets her true soul mate and business partner. (verve)

a. □

b. ■

 

7. Are you more interested in ending your story with
a. Jagello marrying Zabeyko's fiancée, Jadwiga, then quickly getting rid of  Jadwiga as Jagello marries Zabeyko’s adoptive grandmother,  Pradislava, for her land and property.as his second wife, so that you have closure and an ending for your story (decisive) or
b. would you rather let your story remain open for serialization, since Zabeyko's fiancée  is never heard from again and disappears just like Zabeyko did after Jagello marries her and then marries his adoptive grandmother, Pradislava. The fate of Zabeyko’s fiancée after marrying Zabeyko’s tutor, Jagello is not recorded in history. (investigative)

a. □

b. ■

 

8. If you were a Tatar prince living in a foreign land, would you prefer to
a. decide immediately to obey the diverse European nobles of Wolkowysk and leave Tataristan to marry Jadwiga of the howling wolf forests because duty required it, knowing you'll probably be killed when you arrive by the same person who killed Zabeyko, (decisive) or
b. stall for time as long as possible, waiting for validated information to arrive regarding the diplomatic climate between Tatars and Russians? (investigative).

a. □

b. ■

 

9. You are Zabeyko, a Tatar prince adopted in infancy by a wealthy Belarus owner of many traveling circus acts. You have been given as a gift from the Tatar king to the Baltic Tribes because his wife had six daughters and no sons. If you were Zabeyko, would you
a. speak in the Tatar tongue in front of your Slavic tutor, thereby possibly inflaming the nationalism in him (investigative) or
b. plan and organize methodically to have a whole line of people close to you from your own Tataristan rather than from the Slavic lands in which you were raised?
(decisive)
a. ■

b. □

 

10. Would you rather write about
a. terms of the treaty between Tatars and the Slavs based on the facts provided by records (down-to-earth) or
b. the theories set in motion when Jagello marries Jadwiga and soon after, she disappears, just like her financee, Zabeyko, and Jabello then marries Zabeyko’s mother? (verve)

a. □

b. ■

 

11. Do you like writing about
a. enigmas or puzzles set in motion by symbols on intimate funerary equipment in a mystery novel (rational) or
b. why no other Tatar royalty emblem after Zabeyko’s life span ever again appeared on a medallion with a horse tamga inscribed in scrimshaw ivory with a vulture? (enthusiastic)

a. □

b. ■

 

12. A tag line shows the mood/emotion in the voice--how a character speaks or acts. Are you more interested in
a. compiling, counting, and indexing citations or quotes from how-to books for writers (down-to-earth) or
b. compiling tag lines that explain in fiction dialogue the specific behaviors or gestures and body language such as, “Yes,” he replied timorously. (verve)

a. □

b. ■

 

13. Would you rather write
a. dialog (enthusiastic) or
b. description? (rational)

a. ■

b. □

 

14. To publicize your writing, would you rather
a. give spectacular presentations or shows without preparation or prior notice (investigative) or
b. have to prepare a long time in advance to speak or perform? (decisive)

a. ■

b. □

 

15. If you were Jadwiga, would you prefer to
a. receive warnings well in advance and without surprises that Jagello is planning to get rid of you and marry your would-be mother-in-law (adoptive grandmother of Zabeyko) so you could conveniently disappear (decisive) or
b. adapt to last-moment changes by never getting down to your last man or your last coin? (investigative)

a. □

b. ■

 

16. As a scribe, artist, and poet in Wolkowysk when Napoleon visited, would you
a. feel constrained by Zabeyko's time schedules and deadlines (investigative) or
b. set realistic timetables and juggle priorities? (decisive)

a. ■

b. □

 

17. As Zabeyko's widow, do you feel bound to
a. go with social custom, do the activities itemized on the social calendar, and marry your dead husband's unmarried
brother because it's organized according to a plan (decisive) or
b. go with the flow of the relationship, deal with issues as they arise, make no commitments or assumptions about what's the right thing to do because time changes plans? (investigative)

a. □

b. ■

 

18. You're the Tatar prince reading Jadwiga’s,
desperate letter. Is your reply to Jadwiga more likely to be
a. one brief, concise, and to the point letter (rational) or
b. one sociable, friendly, empathetic and time-consuming letter? (enthusiastic)

a. □

b. ■ 

 

19. You're the Tatar prince and music prodigy, Zabeyko, adopted and re-named by Belarus step-parents. You’re contemplating who wants more to replace you with a local noble. You make a list of
a. the pros and cons of each person close to you (rational) or
b. varied comments from friends and relatives on what they say behind your back regarding how your influence them and what they want from you. (enthusiastic)

a. □

b. ■

 

20. You're the scribe trying to solve Zabeyko's murder in Vienna when he was supposed to be studying music in Venice. Would you rather investigate
a. the tried and true facts about Jagello (down-to-earth) or
b. want to see what's in the overall picture before you fill in the clues? (verve)
a. □

b. ■

 

21. You’re a scribe painting Zabeyko's tomb shortly after his demise and you
a. seldom make errors of detail when looking for clues such as taking notice of Jagello’s wedding present to the young, healthy Jadwiga--her freshly inscribed coffin. (down-to-earth) or
b. prefer more innovative work like writing secret love poems to Jadwiga disguised as prayers and watching for Zabeyko's ghost to escape through the eight-inch square hole you cut in his headstone. (verve)

a. □

b. ■

 

22. As a scribe in 1812 Wolkowysk, you become
a. tired when you work alone all day in a dimly torchlit room (outgoing) or
b. tired when Zabeyko interrupts your concentration on your work to demand that you greet and entertain his guests all evening at banquets. (loner).

a. □

b. ■

 

23. When Jadwiga asks you as a scribe to write love poems for her that she can send to Zabeyko, you
a. create the ideas for your poems by long discussions with her (outgoing) or
b. prefer to be alone when you reach deep down inside your spirit to listen to what your soul entities tell you as the only resource for writing metaphors. (loner)

a. □

b. ■ 

 

24. You travel to Venice and Vienna investigating the death of Zabeyko and prefer to
a. question many different foreigners and locals at boisterous celebrations in different languages (outgoing) or
b. disregard outside events and look inside the family history/genealogy inscriptions for the culprit. (loner)

a. □

b. ■

 

25. Zabeyko, at age nine asks you to develop ideas for him about how to act when writing music. You prefer to develop ideas through
a. reflection, meditation, and prayer (loner) or
b. discussions and interviews among Zabeyko’s playmates on what makes Zabeyko laugh. (outgoing)

a. □

b. ■

 

26. As a scribe you are
a. rarely cautious about the family position of those with whom you socialize as long as they are kind, righteous people who do good deeds (outgoing) or
b. seeking one person with power to raise you from scribe to noble, if only the richest noble in Wolkowysk would ask your advice. (loner)

a. ■

b. □

 

27. You are a designer and builder of palaces. A rich noble asks you to carve a name for yourself on his palace door that's a special representation of its builder. Would you
a. inscribe the word that means ‘remote’ (loner) or
b. choose a special name for yourself that means, “He who shares time easily with many foreigners?” (outgoing)

a. □

b. ■


28. As an early 19th century scribe, do you work better when you
a. spend your day off daydreaming where no one can see you (loner) or
b. spend your free time training teams of apprentice scribes? (outgoing)

a. ■

b. □ 

 

29. If you discovered a new land, would you build your cities upon

a. your wise elders’ principles as they always have worked well before (traditional) or

b. unfamiliar cargo that traders brought from afar? (change-driven)

a. □

b. ■

 

30. Do you depict your ruler’s victories on a stone column exactly as

a. surviving witnesses from both sides recounted the events (change-driven) or

b. only the ruler wants people to see? (traditional)

a.□

b.■

 

31. If you’re self-motivated, would you avoid learning from your overseer because

a. your overseer doesn’t keep up with the times (change-driven) or

b. your overseer doesn’t let you follow in your father’s footsteps? (traditional)

a. ■

b. □

 

32. Would you prefer to

a. train scribes because your father taught you how to do it well (traditional) or

b. move quickly from one project to another forever? (change-driven)

a. □

b. ■

 

33. Do you feel like an outsider when

a. you think more about the future than about current chores (change-driven) or

b. invaders replace your forefathers’ familiar foods with unfamiliar cuisine? (traditional)

a.■

 

b.□

 

34. Do you quickly

a. solve problems for those inside when you’re coming from outside (change-driven) or

b. refuse to spend your treasures to develop new ideas that might fail? (traditional)

a. ■

 

b. □

 

35. Would you rather listen to and learn from philosophers that

a. predict a future in which old habits are replaced with new ones (change-driven) or

b. are only interested in experiencing one day at a time? (traditional)

a. □

                  b. ■              

                                                                       

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“Turanian Catalyst” Creative Writing Assessment