When I was brainstorming a title for this post, one of the options that came to mind was: “4 Ways Writing is Helpful Toward Introversion.” This title made me cringe and think “well, doesn’t that sound as though introversion is a disease?” I answered my question with an adamant “no!” on behalf of myself, whom I consider to be an introvert, and all other introverts of the world. The idea that introverts need help to become extroverted is a common misconception. The truth is, many introverts are experts in helping themselves. At least we like to think we are. Writing is actually one of those powerful mechanisms that help us to do so. As a self-proclaimed introvert, I’m sharing with you how writing has helped me. I’m sure many other introverts can relate as well.
Writing allows voices to be heard
There is actually a lot that’s going on in an introvert’s mind. The challenge lies in finding the right ways to clearly verbalize our thoughts. While this challenge may be misunderstood as a weakness, it’s actually a strength. Instead of making rash and abrupt statements, introverts examine a situation from every angle before saying something. And sometimes in the process, we lose the opportunity to speak. Since I’ve started this business, I also started to be more in tune with my introverted self. I realized that part of the reason why I have trouble with verbal communication is because I am constantly writing and editing all the words that come to mind. And as a result, it appears as though people have difficulty following what I say. However, I’ve learned that when I write, my words are much more captivating. While I know there is a gap between what I say and what I think, writing is a great tool to have my voice heard.
Writing facilitates verbal communication
This point is related to the previous point I addressed. Whenever I’m reading or writing for some time, I notice shortly afterwards that I am more articulate. It could be because my prolonged engagement with written text sparks the ability to speak with more confidence and even inspiration on clearly communicating my ideas. Going back to the idea that introverts examine an idea from every angle before verbalizing it, the act of writing facilitates the process of actually processing these ideas.
Writing is a preferred method of recharging batteries
One distinction between introversion and extroversion is defined by how we prefer to recharge our batteries. Extroverts choose to unwind and relax by being in the presence of a large group of people, while introverts find themselves to be overstimulated in that very same situation. It’s not to say that introverts are anti-social. We are friendly and we enjoy meaningful socialization, but in small doses. No matter how much I enjoy socializing with others, after awhile, I crave my solitude so that I can recharge and write. Although Anne Frank was in a situation where she was forced to be in solitude, her diary was a also a source of solace and strength for her to exhibit her introverted qualities. Even prior to her move to the Annex, she cherished her red checkered diary the most among the birthday gifts that she received. In fact, the quote in the image for this blog post is in one of her earlier diary entries.
Writing nurtures the creative process
Many creative people, writers included, are also introverts. Some examples include: Theodore Seuss Geisel (also known as Dr. Seuss), J.K. Rowling, Edgar Alan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and J.D. Salinger. Their works exuded creativity beyond measure. This long stream of creativity can be attributed to the solitude that they crave in order to produce such wonderful work. Of course, there is something valuable to be said about collaborative creativity. However, many introverts would prefer to have their ideas come from themselves. They are justifiably protective of their ideas before projecting them outwards. Unwarranted extroversion becomes an unnatural process for them to stir their pot of creativity. And speaking of unnatural, many introverts turn to nature in solitude in order to retrieve inspiration for their work. Nature allows them room to breathe and hear their own thoughts.
Although these 4 aforementioned reasons are in no way comprehensive, I hope they help to chip away at that misconception that introverts need to be a lot more extroverted. They are excellent at what they do because of their introversion. If you are reading this, and you identify yourself as an introvert, I’d love to hear more about how writing makes your introverted qualities shine! Share your thoughts in the comments below!