Writers are notoriously introverted. Although there is no equation for what makes a writer, this stereotype is largely true. Many authors are self-proclaimed introverts, and this is not a coincidence. The characteristics of introverts are amazingly suited for the demands of a writing. Today I want to show you some the reasons that introverts make great writers.
We are observant.
Introverts are known for taking in their surroundings. This is an amazing trait for an author to have. Observations can be the source of ideas and a way to practice your writing on the go. How many of you walk around and think, “How can I describe this place?” or “What’s that person’s story?” This trait has a huge impact on your writing and is amplified in introverts.
Being alone reenergizes us.
One of the hardest parts of being a writer is explaining to everyone you care about that you need time to yourself so you can get some writing done. “Sorry, I can’t get dinner, I’m writing.” “Sorry, I can’t go to that party, I’m writing.” And they will inevitably find some sort of remark that underplays the importance of your sacred writing time. Although it’s hard to explain this to others, you relish that time. It is a common misconception that introverts hate other people. We don’t! (Well, not all the time.) The truth is that extroverts get their energy from others whereas introverts are drained by these interactions. Introverts need alone time to recharge. Writing takes all sorts of alone time, so this trait makes it easier to isolate yourself and make progress on you work.
We want to be experts rather than well-rounded.
As an introvert you are more likely to drill down on one skill and get very good at it rather than be ok at a lot of things. This is important for a successful writer. There is always more to learn about and experiment with the craft of writing. The more of an expert you can become the better.
Details are our specialty.
Details are so important for creating vivid images and tangible worlds. Stories need a great plot arc and strong character development, sure, but none of that will matter to the reader if the details aren’t there! Introverts are able to hone in on these minute details and give them the attention they require to make a story come alive.
We see the big picture.
This functions well for authors in two ways. First, being able to see the big picture is essential when crafting a story. Having an understanding of the story as a whole while still being organized about detail is the best way to create a cohesive tale. There is so much to keep in mind, such as the main plot arc, the character development, thematic messages, etc. Being able to see the big picture will help keep you in line.
This trait also helps in your pursuits as a writer. There are so many steps and obstacles to becoming a published author that it is important to keep the big picture in mind. There will be days that it gets difficult, but if you can continue to look ahead to the future and keep the end goal in mind, these days will be easier to get past. It’s very difficult to find success as a writer, but keeping the big picture in mind can make it easier.
So, what’s the point here? Introversion can often get stigmatized. It is seen as a weakness, but introversion comes with its own unique set of strengths. It is not better to be extroverted or introverted. Both provide valuable traits that make up who you are! Being aware of them can help you tap into them and use them to your advantage. Introversion, especially when you’re a writer, is far from a weakness.