I’ve been talking a lot about status for your characters, and that’s great, y’all should go read those posts if you wanna take your writing to the next level.
Today though, I’m gonna turn that lens on us — the writers.
Let it be known that today, I have decreed that writers TEND to be introverts.
I’m borderline. I work on both levels, somewhere right between introversion and extroversion. I love to talk to people and I go to conventions and whatever, but for me, a good time tends to be home alone on a Saturday night with a cup of tea and a good book.
Introverts tend to be more apt to being lost in thought and introspective. Introverts are more in tune with feelings and while they seem to be lonely, the opposite is true. Introverts have fun watching as opposed to actively participating.
Introverts tends to display all the characteristics of being shy and “low status”.
Introverts tend to get nervous in large groups.
Anything sound familiar?
Don’t worry, this is totally okay. You’re a writer. You’re allowed to daydream, to get lost in thought, to listen, to people watch. It’s almost expected of you.
The problem is that you’re also expected to engage your audience. To do meet and greets. To do book signings and all manner of press things.
Introverts, repeat after me: thank heaven for the internet. You can do so much to engage your audience with the internet and social media. Applied liberally (and directly to the audience) even an introverted writer and build relationships with the people who would be buying your work and stuff.
So fear not. You may be introverted, but we know that it’s okay. It’s kinda what being a writer is all about.