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Are Writers Introverts or Extroverts?

Popular opinion would say writers are introverts. If you search that question on google you find a bunch of articles expounding on the virtues of introverted writers.  For example, The Intrinsic Writer, at http://theintrinsicwriter.wordpress.com/ says:

“Face it; writers are the kinds of people who need downtime—and not just to do their work. Writing is one of the few activities that is done primarily alone (not counting television series, for which there is often a team of writers), but your typical novelist, journalist, memoirist, short story writer, and poet works solo. And by nature, introverts are more comfortable being alone than extroverts.”

Yes, sometimes I like downtime, but for the most part, people who know me, soon realize I’m extremely extroverted.  I like big groups of people.  I invite 20 ppl out to dinner at a time on a whim.  I host bday parties with over 75 people in attendance.  I enjoy a flurry of activity.

So I wondered to myself, how in the world did I get into writing?

I came to this conclusion:  I write because I specifically am extroverted.  I don’t like being alone, so even when I am, I make up stories filled with characters and dialogue to make me feel surrounded by people.  A lot of writers will tell you their characters end up feeling like real people.  Sometimes I even dream about them!

So if you’re extroverted but also like to write, have no fear.  You’re not alone.

4 Comments on Are Writers Introverts or Extroverts?

  • JS says:
    July 8, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Nice snippit. I don’t think it really matters what your style is – everyone has a story to tell…


  • Scott Span, MSOD says:
    July 8, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Some interesting points, Rori. As a behavioral scientist and strong extrovert, I can relate . I enjoy writing on occasion (among more other creative solitary activities) and think it for a somewhat different reason. I find the quiet creativity helps recharge my strong extroverted nature.


  • Rahul says:
    August 26, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Interesting. What I would like to know is how do you deal with the extended periods of loneliness that go into writing and still keep your spirits up? I am kind of struggling with that right now.


    • girl101 says:
      August 26, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Rahul, I guess I like the bits of alone time writing affords. But also I don’t feel alone bc of all the characters and their dialogue.


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