How Does Enneagram Type Influence the Writing Process

As I wrote, sweated, swore, over-caffeinated, chuckled evilly in public and generally fussed my way through NaNoWriMo this year some new connections started sparking in my brain. Connections are one of the things that make it possible for me to write. The plot I have carefully crafted connects with a news story I hear on the radio or a favorite character connects with a stranger in the coffee shop I am working in. Suddenly things take off in an unexpected direction and I don’t know what’s happening until I see it appear on my computer screen.

That’s the magic.


This past year my brain was still full of enneagram training. I started wondering how my “sixness” – the anxiety and need for certainty and difficulty in trusting my own instinct – influencing my writing. And that made me wonder how other the enneagram types influenced other writers.

I don’t have any answers, but am curious. I have not had a lot of luck finding much information about the enneagram and writing, or even the enneagram and how it influences creativity. So I decided to stop searching for an outside expert and explore the connection myself.

Enter the survey.

If you are a writer or want to be a writer, if you write professionally or personally or occasionally for your job and know your enneagram type, I want to hear from you. Please take my survey (and share it with other writers). If you don’t know your enneagram type, this is a good time to get your feet wet. There is a link on the survey page to a short free test you can take before taking your survey. If, after you have taken the test you want to know more about the enneagram, drop me a note.

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