On the Introvert, Dear website there is an post from last July which caught my attention. The title is ‘6 Reasons Why Introverts Make the Best Writers’. It was written by Christine Bernard who is a novelist, freelance writer, and illustrator.
“I’m not saying you have to be an introvert to be a writer. In fact, some of the best writers I know are also incredible socialites and fantastic public speakers. However, if you are an introvert and a writer (like me), you can use it to your advantage. It’s a trait you should be proud of.
Why Introverts Make the Best Writers
1. Introvert writers are aware of emotions in others.
It’s true, we introverts spend a lot of time in introspection, but we also spend a great deal of time aware of the emotions of other people. Many of us “quiet ones” — especially if we’re also highly sensitive — pick up on small nuances and subtleties that other people aren’t aware of. Some might call it a curse, but if used correctly, it can be a huge benefit in a creative capacity.
For example, some introverts can hear what someone is telling them but know right away whether it’s truthful in its meaning based on eye contact, hand movements, voice tone, and other little physical clues. These are all things that can be used within their writing to make their story more authentic and to appeal to a larger audience. Because of this, they can write characters who are multi-faceted rather than static.
2. Introvert writers look within themselves.
Because we spend so much time alone, reflecting on our experiences, we introverts tend to know ourselves deeply. Knowing ourselves so well will have a big impact on creating real characters that others can relate to. Have you ever read a story where you’ve thought, “I know that feeling,” or “That happened to me”? That’s because the writer is creating characters with real depth and emotion.
3. Writing comes more naturally to us than speaking.
It’s no big surprise that many introverts hate public speaking. We may find it overstimulating and overwhelming to have all that attention on us, whether it’s speaking to a large audience in a lecture hall or simply to a group of family and friends. It doesn’t mean we don’t have anything good to say, and unfortunately, some of our greatest stories are never told.
We introverts need a different way to express ourselves. According to Dr. Marti Olsen Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage brain pathways related to writing seem to flow more fluently for introverts than pathways related to speaking. It may have to do with our preference for long-term memory over active memory. So, instead of speaking our stories, we can write them — and the world can finally hear what’s been inside us all along.
6. Introvert writers thrive on creativity.
Again, I’m not saying that all introverts are creative, but there is definitely a large community of people who benefit from putting all their pent up inner thoughts to good use. We introvert writers can use this creative space as an outlet because we already have such an enigmatic inner world just desperate for the opportunity to be released. We’re creative, and our written stories become a way to showcase this.
Introvert writers can be natural storytellers, because we spend most of our time creating stories and worlds in our own mind. While many introverts see themselves as being stunted in a world built for extroverts, this doesn’t have to be the case. There is a place for everyone on Earth. It’s not a case of one being better than another, but rather a case of using what you have to your best potential. As Susan Cain wrote in Quiet, “Everyone shines, given the right lighting.””
I, too, am an introvert writer, and, in my experience, what Ms Bernard says is correct.