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Re: I'm a creative writer, according to Upwork

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Richard W Member Since: Jun 22, 2017
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I've been having fun taking some Upwork tests. Now I'm wondering whether I should change careers, as I seem to do better in the writing tests than the computing ones. My latest result was Top 10% (actually the top 1%) in Creative Writing (Fiction). In reality, I could hardly be less of a creative writer. I struggle to even write a letter. But, if Upwork says I'm a creative writer, who am I to disagree?


Anyway, if you haven't yet taken one of Upwork's creative writing tests, have ago. They were written by someone with a sense of humour, and they're good for a laugh.


Of course the whole idea of a multiple choice test for creative writing is ridiculous. I only took the test because I was curious to see what sort of questions they asked.

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
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I don't want to hurt your feelings, but if you're in the Top 10%, it may only mean that most of the people that have taken that test were even worse writers than you....


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Rebecca W Member Since: Apr 12, 2019
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I haven't taken the test yet, but will now that I"ve read your post.  But just so you know, I was not aware I was a good researcher, creative writer etc, until I built my own website and had to start creating content for it.  That bloomed into doing it for other website, and voila, I'm all of a sudden a creative/web content writer.  GL to you!

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Yeasir A Member Since: May 16, 2017
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I am not a creative writer too, but it seems interesting as you said. 

Got really interested in taking the test. 

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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I admit I purposely avoid the English tests just because I don't want those "NATIVE SPEAKERS ONLY" loser invites.

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Yeasir A Member Since: May 16, 2017
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Well. I got 4/5 (above average). 

So, it's fine! I don't need to change career! Haha

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Scott B Member Since: Nov 20, 2015
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At the end of the day, if UW test scores is the means by which a client is going to select you, you are in trouble. A well written profile and portfolio, even for someone with no history, will make all tests irrelevant; which is appropriate given they actually are completely irrelevant. 

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Bill H Member Since: Aug 18, 2017
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If fiction writing is your future, I recommend you send your resume to every politician in Washington, D.C., anf offer to write their news releases.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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All stories are true.

Especially the ones that aren't.

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Anthony H Member Since: Feb 22, 2017
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Wow Preston, gotta love that. (I started a thread with "Wow Preston recently. Thought I would do it again.)

I've never heard that ... it's brilliant. 

It reminds me (vaguely) of this gem I picked up several years back: "Never trust anything that wasn't written for money." That usually gets a priceless sneer from a few people. 


All stories are true ... especially the ones that aren't. Brilliant.

BTW, my advice to the person who started this thread: Get a laptop, rent an isolated cabin 200 miles from the nearest road and write the Great American novel. Give it, oh, eight months. If you haven't got it by then, you can assume the Upwork test was bogus. (What are the odds of that?) 


Don't start the book with "Craig crushed out a cigarette and lunged for the typerwriter," and you'll probably do just fine.