I am strongly introverted. I’m not a huge fan of trying to make small talk. Here are some of my thoughts on why introverts might make better writers than extroverts:
Introverts like to sit back and take notice of things around them. When I talk with my sister or mom, half the time they don’t think I pay attention all that much until I reveal what I’ve taken in. I, personally, observe how different people interact with each other. I also analyze how surroundings affect the way they act. I can then take what I see and put it into a novel. Extroverts, however, are engaged with their surroundings, and may not notice how other people around them interact.
Another thing that introverts do, myself included (pretty sure all introverts do this), is think a lot. If you’re not an introvert, then you might not get what I’m saying. On a daily basis, I think about the following:
1. How and why people act, as I have stated above.
2. Different scenarios. I will do something, and then I will think about what would have happened had I done it differently.
3. What could have been/what could be. Imagine this: What if World War I hadn’t occurred? Would World War II have still happened? If World War I was non-existent, would we have had music by the amazing Louis Armstrong, Vera Lynn, Andrew Sisters, or Mills Brothers? If the Jazz Era never was, would music be the same today? If the Jazz Era didn’t arise in the 1920s and 30s, would it appear now?
This type of thinking can add realism to a novel and help create unique plots. Extroverts don’t always have time for this kind of deep thinking because they are so caught up in “doing”.
As an introvert who doesn’t spend much time with others, I have way, way, way too much time on my hands. It can get troublesome. However, I have more hours in which to write, unlike a few extroverted people I know.
These are just my thoughts on why introverts might make better writers than extroverts. Of course, I know some very good extrovert writers, so I hope that I didn’t offend any of them.
[This reworked blog first appeared on A Ginger and A Pen ]
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