Last Monday, Orly Konig-Lopez argued for the introverts. If you missed her post, click here and take a peek.
Some of you commented, but I'm guessing we're going to get more today because the extroverts are in the house, jumping up and down, shouting "TALK TO ME."
That's the way we extroverts roll.
I did a post awhile back on whether being an introvert or an extrovert affects blogging, but I'm going to extrapolate this out to writing in general today. First things first though...
What does it mean to be an “introvert” or an “extrovert?”
I’ve found that very few people know the real definition of introverts vs. extroverts so I’ll share it with you here, courtesy of the Rockstar Counselor Guy who told me.
It’s all about energy:
- Introverts gain energy from time spent by themselves.
- Extroverts gain energy from time spent with others.
Are you scratching your head, wondering what that even means?? I understand.
Most people think introverts don’t like people, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The majority of introverts like people just fine, they just get tired out by too much contact with them.
For an extrovert like me, if I need an energy lift, I go to where the people are. This doesn’t mean I even want to talk to them. Truly. A lot of the time I don’t. I just want to be around them, sucking up some energy from the buzz of the room.
I know all you introverts are gonna freak out over this, but...When I get stuck on a particularly difficult scene or chapter:
- my #1 way to get unstuck is to go to Starbucks.
- #2 is a bar or restaurant. It doesn't really matter which one, the point is the people.
I talk to everyone I can on the way in and then sit down in the most crowded area possible and soak up all the buzz. It gets me all zingy, then I tune them out and let the words flow.
I focus better with a ton of noise. (I don't know why.)
In college, other people went to the furthest reaches of the stacks in the library, searching for quiet. When I went to the library, I either wanted to pee or go to sleep.
I think all you "silence people" are insane. How do you not go crazy with the sounds of your clocks and pets and appliances?
What did I do in college when I needed to ace a test? I went to work (I waited tables all through school) and studied at the bar. Or in the student union. Or out on the quad where everyone was walking by. It worked like a charm and taught me to really focus no matter what.
So, I'll just keep enjoying all you introverts when you choose to peek out of your cave. In the meantime, I'll be at Starbucks or in the bar, making new friends and finding new characters to write about...because that's how I roll.
Not sure whether you're an introvert or an extrovert? Here’s a link to a free Myers-Briggs questionnaire and report. (Be sure to tell us your results in the comments!)
Where is your favorite place to write? Do you need silence or noise? Would you describe yourself as introverted or extroverted? How would others describe you?
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About Jenny Hansen
Jenny fills her nights with humor: writing memoir, women’s fiction, chick lit, short stories (and chasing after her toddler Baby Girl). By day, she provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. After 15 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s digging this sit down and write thing.
When she’s not at her blog, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Twitter at JennyHansenCA and here at Writers In The Storm. Jenny also writes the Risky Baby Business posts at More Cowbell, a series that focuses on babies, new parents and high-risk pregnancy.