As we face into a New Year of writing, as we sharpen our pencils, stare at a blank page on our computer, it may be worth noting that our writing genre may be determined by other factors beyond our control.
It could all be predestined for us. This is a tongue in cheek guide to writing genres for different zodiac signs.
I am no astrological expert and have used a bit of creative license for the different traits of each sign, but as a Virgo myself, have noticed that some of the traits in there, could possibly be applied to me, if I believed in the powers of the Zodiac.
CAPRICORN: (December 22nd – January 19th)
Mission Statement: I USE
Traits: Those born under this sign can be said to be tenacious. They are spiritual and rigid thinkers. They always like to get their own way. They are known to be manipulative,focused, materialistic and are the control freaks of the universe.
Note to other star signs: Always do what a Capricorn asks you to do.
Writing genres: Controlled, tense, gripping novels, religious themed novels.
AQUARIUS: (January 20th – February 18th)
The Water Carrier
Mission Statement: I KNOW
Traits: Aquarians are altruistic and humanitarian. They can be wise, cool, aloof, eccentric, practical, helpful, guarded.
Note to other star signs:
Never try to change the opinions of an Aquarian.
Writing genres: Fantasy, science fiction, historic, cool, crisp novels. End-of-the world epic dramas.
PISCES: (February 19th – March 20th)
Fish swimming in opposite directions.
Mission Statement: I UNDERSTAND
Traits: They can be psychic and, spiritual. They need to watch their boundaries with people as they tend to inflict their beliefs on others. They are creative and poetic.
Note to other star signs: Be careful when you disagree with a Piscean’s spirituality.
Writing genres: Sea themes, spiritual themed novels, fantasy, poetry, searching for freedom themes.
ARIES (21 March – 19 April.)
Mission Statement: I AM
Traits: They are determined and hate to lose, dynamic, stubborn, great sense of humour.
Note to other star signs: Never expect to win an argument with Aries.
Writing genres: Comedy, novels about overcoming obstacles.
TAURUS (April 20th – May 20th)
Mission Statement: I HAVE
Traits: They are loyal, charming, materialistic, conservative, demanding and possessive. Home is their castle.
Note to other star signs: Never corner a Taurean.
Writing genres: Chick lit, sex ‘n’ shopping, interior design books, family sagas, cookery and fashion books, psychological thrillers.
GEMINI: (May 21st – June 20th)
Mission Statement: I THINK
Traits: Duality, stimulating, multi-taskers, intellectual, restless. They don’t tend to discuss emotions. They are fun-loving but can be superficial.
Note to other star signs: Never be near a bored Gemini.
Writing genres: Fast-paced thrillers, intellectual poetry and novels.
CANCER: (May 21st – June 20th)
Mission Statement: I FEEL
Traits: Loving, open, crabby, sensitive, emphatic, worrier, make a true friend, see life in black and white, full of fun.
Note to other star signs: Cancer can be over-sensitive and a little ‘crabby’.
Writing genres: Character driven stories, family sagas, humorous, ethical and moral story lines.
LEO: (July 23rd – August 22nd)
Mission Statement: I CREATE
Traits: Leos love to be adored and need a kingdom. They are high achievers, hedonistic, argumentative bordering on arrogant, intellectual. They tend to be leaders.
Note to other star signs: Never try to compete with a Leo.
Writing genres: Complex multi-faceted novels, historical and political novels.
VIRGO: (August 23rd – September 22nd)
The Earth Goddess
Mission Statement: I SERVE
Traits: Intuitive, logical, tunnel vision, observant, highly intelligent, prefers to be in the background.
Note to other star signs: Never argue with a Virgo, they are always right.
Writing genres: Meticulous detailed stories, earth and nature based poetry and novels.
LIBRA: (September 23rd – October 22nd)
Mission Statement: I BALANCE
Traits: Love harmony, are elegant and need to share everything in life. They desire nurturing company and wicked sense of humour. They are indecisive, like order, can sit on the fence.
Note to other star signs: Libra makes bad relationship choices when off-balance.
Writing genres: Witty, detailed novels, confessional diaries, two sides of the story plot lines, novels based in elegant locations.
SCORPIO: (October 23rd – November 21st)
Mission Statement: I TRANSFORM
Traits: determined, turn negatives into positives, intense, passionate, jealous, abundant energy, obsessive, private.
Note to other star signs: Never dump a Scorpio
Writing genres: Emotional, intense drama, failed love affairs, energetic thrillers, complex love stories.
SAGITTARIUS: (November 22nd – December 21st)
Mission Statement: I BELIEVE
Traits: enthusiastic, self-confident, visionary, do not like domesticity, brave, star of the show socially, humorous.
Note for other star signs: Never domesticate a Sagittarius, they are the true ‘Grass is Greener on the other side’ sign.
Writing genres: Travel books, novels with characters seeking fame and fortune. Witty, society-based novels.
(c) Brigid O’Connor
Brigid O’Connor writes short stories, flash fiction and the occasional poem. She has written two film screenplays and is currently writing her first novel -‘Elevation’, a contemporary bittersweet family drama set in Dublin.
Her work has been short-listed for the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition, the RTE Guide /Penguin Short Story Competition, included in the New Irish Writing Page in The Irish Independent and a finalist in the Novelicious UK’s First Chapter Competition. She was a runner up in the DRB Flash Fiction competition .
Her work has been broadcast on radio and included in anthologies such as ‘The Quiet Quarter’, ’50 stories for Pakistan’, ‘New Planet Cabaret’ edited by Dave Lordan and a Boyne Berries issue.
She was selected as a contributor to the Junior Cert Curriculum ‘Personal Writing Section’.