You’ve seen traditional horoscopes. “You’ll meet a tall, handsome stranger in an unexpected place.” “Take a risk where you’ve been holding back.” “You’ve been working hard this month, so it’s time to pull back and treat yourself.” But they probably don’t tell you much about your writing career—until now.
While you ultimately write your own destiny, why not see what the stars (via a snarky writer like myself) have to say? Choose your astrological sign below, and learn what this month holds in store for you and your writing.
Like your sign suggests, you’re often split in personality. Serious but social. Gentle but fun-loving. Your dominant traits can make you indecisive once you’re ready to write. This topic is so interesting, but can I really write 600 words about it? Hmmm, maybe I want to go with this other topic instead. Do I need a comma here or could I do without one?
Because you’re fascinated by everything, you always have plenty of choices to write about. Focus, commit to a decision, and follow through.
Literary Character You Most Resemble: Peter Pan
The sun’s out. The flowers are blooming. And you’ve been moping around like it’s the middle of a cold, desolate winter. Excellent.
Although you can be a “doom and gloom” sort of person now and then, your sentimental, moody side makes you quite relatable to the people who read your work. Get into the mind of your reader. Empathize with their struggles. Then force yourself back to optimism, and use your talents to solve a problem. This isn’t Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Literary Character You Most Resemble: Juliet Capulet
Everything comes pretty easily for you, doesn’t it? Well, I’ve got some good news and some bad news.
Good news: You’ll find continued success in June. Your work will be accepted without a second thought. You’ll find projects and topics that interest you. You’ll almost tire of hearing “Great work!” and “No changes necessary!”
Bad news: Constant praise and triumph doesn’t always lead to growth. Ask for critical feedback or deviate from your typical process, and see what happens.
Literary Character You Most Resemble: Harry Potter
Virgos often pay attention to the small details, and that trait could affect your writing or cost you a lot more time if you’re not careful. Remember that your topic and organization matter just as much as putting every comma in the right place. Try writing your piece without focusing on the small stuff. You can always go back and proofread for grammar, spelling, and style afterward.
You’re tough on yourself as a writer, tougher than any editor or reader could be. Don’t worry—your skills make you an excellent fit for this type of work. You’re doing great.
Literary Character You Most Resemble: Hermione Granger
For someone who doesn’t enjoy being alone, you’ve sure chosen a career that favors isolation over social engagement. You’ve been feeling a little lonely as you sit in front of your computer writing, writing, writing.
Find a way to make your work more social. Join a writing group. Seek out face-to-face feedback instead of reading notes. Organize your schedule so you don’t have to write alone for hours at a time and can instead spend more time with people you love.
Literary Character You Most Resemble: Atticus Finch
All of your Scorpio qualities make you a fantastic researcher as you write: you are resourceful, assertive, determined, and committed to the truth. However, since you like to take charge and accomplish tasks on your own, you might be doing more work than necessary.
Take a look at the resources already available to you, and USE THEM. When you’re writing blogs and articles, check out the other materials on the WritersDomain blog (shameless plug). In your personal writing, rely on the expertise of others to get all your facts straight or at least point you in the right direction.
Literary Character You Most Resemble: James Bond
It’s finally summer. The perfect time to hike, travel, and enjoy the outdoors. While no one can blame you for wanting to shirk your responsibilities in favor of more enjoyable activities, remember that your writing often pays for these activities.
Even if you decide to finish your work while traveling (you’re a freelancer, after all), set a schedule for writing time, and then DO WHATEVER IT TAKES to keep yourself at your desk/in a chair/on solid land until you’re finished.
Literary Character You Most Resemble: Tom Sawyer
I could give you some advice, but if we’re being completely honest with each other, you already have it together. And even if you don’t have it all together, you’re not going to listen to me because you don’t believe in astrology (or others’ advice) in the slightest.
Just understand that it’s okay to accept help sometimes. Although writing is often a solitary activity, and although you think you know best, the experience or opinions of your editors, friends, and colleagues will strengthen your work.
Literary Character You Most Resemble: Sherlock Holmes
Constructive criticism will threaten to set you back this month. You’re a creative genius, dang it! You feel that any writing restrictions or grammar rules hinder your vision and that editors just don’t understand the message you’re trying to convey.
Sometimes you need to restrict yourself for the good of your writing and the people ultimately reading your piece. Listen to the feedback you receive. You can’t play fast and loose with semicolons. You can’t drop an aside about salamanders in the middle of your tips to whiter teeth just because you feel like it. Channel your originality into the areas that need it most, like your blog topics or colorful introductions.
Literary Character You Most Resemble: Alice (in Wonderland)
You’ve been off in another world lately, channeling your energy into a fantasy/sci-fi novel or at least writing informative articles about plumbing, carpentry, and other subjects you know little about. (Hey, I didn’t claim to know everything.)
However, like Jo March of Little Women or Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables, you could make more of an impact writing what you know. As much as you can, choose topics that interest you or that you’ve experienced. Brighten your paragraphs with your own personality. The moment you connect with your work on a personal level, your writing will be that much stronger.
Literary Character You Most Resemble: Anne Shirley
You’re in the middle of several different projects—and you know why? You love the excitement and energy of starting something, and you hate idleness. You need to be moving, writing, working all day, every day.
This month, though, your circumstances will force you to pause. Don’t look at this time as wasted. You might feel restless at first, but free time gives you the opportunity to learn more about yourself and rejuvenate. You know, so you can work even harder when the next project comes around.
Literary Character You Most Resemble: Elizabeth Bennet
You are the type of person who always follows through on your commitments, and for the last five months, you’ve done just that. You send pieces back by the appropriate deadline. Feedback is taken seriously. You persisted through change, even though you want to run away from change like a villain in a low-budget horror movie.
Now you deserve to treat yo’ self. That outfit you’ve been eyeing at Nordstrom? It’s yours. Craving take-out for lunch? You’ve earned it, buddy.
Literary Character You Most Resemble: Katniss Everdeen
What do you think of your horoscope? Do you have any plans for applying this dubious advice to your writing?
Tell us about it in the comments below!