Introverts are often teased for being quiet and wanting to be alone. They are seen as being reserved, but the truth is that they prefer to conserve their energy for meaningful interactions with people who matter to them.
According to Allison Abrams, introverts ‘are not to be confused with loners or to be considered antisocial — most introverts are not. They are simply more focused on the inner world of ideas and concepts, as evidenced by brilliant minds like Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.’
So why do introverts make good writers?
7 Reasons Why Introverts Make Good Writers
1. Introverts are creative.
‘The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.’ ~Albert Einstein
Extroverts prefer to be stimulated by the outside world. Introverts have a vibrant inner world and continually use their imagination. Imagination is where creativity begins. Writers need to be creative. It is part of the job description.
2. Introverts are innovative.
‘Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone—that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born.’~Nikola Tesla
Because introverts do not conform to outside influences, they are more likely to innovate and try new things. As writers, they develop worlds within worlds with their own sets of rules are influences.
3. Introverts are empathetic.
‘I think a lot, but I don’t say much.’ ~Anne Frank
They are aware of other people and how they are feeling. Introverts are able to imagine themselves in other people’s shoes more easily than extroverts. This makes it easier to create fictional characters and to write about their own feelings.
4. Introverts are observers.
‘[Introverts] listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict.’ ~Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Introverts are always watching. They know how to listen and they are attuned to body language. They are great believers in the adage in watching what people do rather than listening to what they say. Writers need to be good at watching. Creating characters and worlds requires concentrating on the details.
5. Introverts are good at getting things done alone.
‘Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.’ ~John Green
Because introverts are not as easily distracted by outside influences, they are more likely to apply themselves and finish things. Writers know that it’s easy to start a story. It’s more difficult to sit down alone and actually finish it.
6. Introverts are thinkers.
‘I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.’ ~Joan Didion
Because introverts spend time alone, they tend to spend more time thinking about everything. Writing and thinking go together. You can’t have good writing without good thinking. As Susan Cain says: ‘There’s a word for ‘people who are in their heads too much’: thinkers.’
7. Introverts avoid small talk.
‘Many [introverts] have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.’ ~Susan Cain
Introverts don’t see the point in sharing irrelevant information with strangers. They find it unnecessary and draining. This is a really good trait for writers to take into their writing. We should never clutter up dialogue with small talk.
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