Writing the afterword for the revision project for my prelim portfolio has been like a therapy session. I’ve done a deep dive into my psyche about the battle that goes on between the writers in my head. I saw two main writers in my brain; my lawyer writer and my creative writer. But then while texting with my friend, Annie, about it, she pointed out even more writers; the blog writer, the social media writer, the website writer. She also commented how they are all like different signs of the Zodiac. And thus, this blog post was born! Thanks, Annie!
I’m only familiar with a few Zodiac signs and associated personalities, so I took a trip to horoscope.com for a bit of light reading. And here’s what I discovered about the many writers within…
The Lawyer Writer: Capricorn
Gonna be honest here. I have a very difficult time seeing any good in this writer at the moment.ME
This is the writer who always tries to take over when I’m writing. The one who believes everything needs to be a perfectly polished piece. (That’s a lot of P’s.) The one who believes writing can only be professional if it has perfect grammar, punctuation, and follows the rules of writing. Oh, how I loathe her!
The Not So Good:
Natural rule-followers, Capricorns thrive on order and love strict rules, hierarchies, and set ways to do things…they prefer when they have strict boundaries to constrain against—free reign can make them feel paralyzed by choice. A Capricorn might stress themselves out trying to do everything perfectly. Capricorn sometimes is overly focused on what things look like, instead of how things feel, which could cause them to feel stifled and unhappy.https://www.horoscope.com/zodiac-signs/capricorn
This is legal writing at its core. Strict guidelines about margins and font and headings. I used to write appellate briefs and spent the majority of the time making sure all the technical aspects of it were correct. Probably only 10-15% is actually writing about the case and the law. It’s the worst.
The Blog/Novel/Short Story Writer
A Libra doesn’t strong arm or use coercion, but rather relies on his or her communication prowess to help everyone see another side to a story. This sign has weaponized their imagination in the service of good. Librans’ imagination is unmatched, and they can always come up with a new way of looking at an issue. Libra is also blessed with boundless creativity.https://www.horoscope.com/zodiac-signs/libra
I feel like reliance on her “communication prowess” is true for all of my writers, even the lawyer writer. But this writer definitely has a wild imagination! I love the phrase “has weaponized their imagination in the service of good.” The thought of my imagination being a weapon used for the greater good is pretty cool.
The Not So Good:
Libra can often be “up in the clouds,” and while he or she is amazing at making big plans, follow through can be tricky. Although Libra appears self-confident to outsiders, he or she might struggle with insecurity, especially as it relates to personal identity, which sometimes feels mutable. This sign’s lifelong question is: “Who am I?” They may find their identity shifting based on where they are in their lives and who they’re spending time with.https://www.horoscope.com/zodiac-signs/libra
Really feeling attacked by that “follow through can be tricky” aspect. Grrr! The “Who am I?” question definitely applies to this blog though. It’s gone through many reinventions since I created it in 2016. And, yes, my follow through here has been sporadic, at best. I have a lot of dreams for the blog, but unsure with what it should actually be which is probably why I’ve ended up with so many different mini-blogs.
I think the biggest problem with no follow through with this writer is that she’ll put the blog or novel on the back burner because something else is going on. Then when she goes back, it’s very much a situation of her identity shifting based on where she is in life. So, it just doesn’t fit anymore.
Working with detail-oriented signs, like Virgos or Capricorns, can help Libras actually manifest their dreams into reality.https://www.horoscope.com/zodiac-signs/libra
This definitely stood out to me because hello?! Lawyer writer why aren’t you working with this writer to manifest her dreams?! WTH?! Traitor.
The Academic/Social Media Writer:
Passionate, independent, and unafraid to blaze their own trail no matter what others think.https://www.horoscope.com/zodiac-signs/scorpio
My academic writer is definitely the risk taker. She’s always trying to find the most multimodal way to write. Why try to describe in words how these writers fight amongst each other when there’s a photo that can represent it perfectly? Even my dissertation is going to be different than the norm. And I love that!
My social media is a “no matter what others think” kind of thing. I post what I like, what I find interesting or important. If others like it, great! If not, oh well. And I miss MySpace. You could truly make it yours with music and design, unlike the social media of today.
The Not So Good
Their feelings are what drives them and strengthens them, but their mutability can scare them and make them feel vulnerable and out of control.https://www.horoscope.com/zodiac-signs/scorpio
For a PhD academic writer, feeling vulnerable and out of control is pretty much normal. There are some times when this writer thinks maybe she should just write the “normal” way. But there’s no way she would be happy if she did. And I am highly suspish of Lawyer Writer being behind these vulnerable and out of control feelings!
Well, that’s it! These are my writers and their signs. It’s no wonder they’re always battling each other!
Also, is it weird that none of the writers are the same sign as me, a Taurus?
Photos of Zodiac signs from Wikipedia
Photo of medieval battle: YouTube, Wisdom Land, “The Most Famous, Bloodiest Medieval Battle – AGINCOURT – Full Documentary” https://youtu.be/emr6A8WaL8Q