Who Are Writers?

Writing is a sacred calling that pulls at your soul.

‘It is the air that you breathe and what makes your heart continue beating. Your soul is filled with words that have no meaning until you sit down and pour them through your heart like a sieve. This is what writing is to the writer. The writing profession is unlike any other because it is not a profession to us. It is a way of life. We are drawn to it, sometimes despite our best efforts to pull away’ By Scott Kuttner in Blogging. Updated on June 21st 2021.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/writing-personality-_n_1097146

Who Do Other People Conceive Writers To Be?

People tend to imagine that writers are either very conscientious introverts who waste away in a some lonely garret or romantic study or as crazy, eccentric extroverts who love to party and do unconventional things.

Introverts

ADVANTAGES: Introverts are custom-built for long, lonely hours at their computers or reading books. Introverts may prioritize “butt in chair” time in a way that extroverts may not. If an introvert’s writing is exceptional, having a “mysterious” personality may add to a perception of quality (in some strange, unexplainable way).

DISADVANTAGES: Introverts may not have the marketing, promoting, and networking gumption that can be so very critical to establishing a reputation as a writer. Not having an affinity for networking (online or in person) can be a big disadvantage. Extroversion can be difficult (and exhausting) to fake.’ https://www.huffpost.com/entry/writing-personality-_n_1097146

Extroverts

ADVANTAGES: Extroverts may have great people skills—and that can translate to both good writing and good networking. Extroverts like making friends where it counts.

DISADVANTAGES: Some extroverts may have trouble with the amount of alone time it can take to build a writing career. They may find their ideas for projects are endless, but when it comes time to execute, they lose interest.’ https://www.huffpost.com/entry/writing-personality-_n_1097146

And you I hear you ask?

Well, I would say I am a mix of the two…I like to spend time on my own and can probably concentrate better on my creative processes when I can explore them on my own without interruption… but at the same time I find myself buzzing with ideas, inspiration and joy at the prospect of starting down a creative road when I have spent time with other creative personalities.

Photo by Michael Croghan
Photo by Aoife Moynihan

Traits of Writers

After reading various articles on writer traits I agreed with these ones:

  • Love of language
  • Sensitivity towards language
  • Openness to the imagination
  • Tenacity and stubbornness
  • Dream about being a writer
  • A childhood passion to write
  • Can’t stop writing
  • You are a day dreamer
  • You tell stories to children or others
  • You need to know what a word means
  • You are drawn to word games like Scrabble
  • You write whenever you get a chance

Is this you? Are you a writer?

Sources for the list

https://lithub.com/if-you-have-these-traits-you-might-be-a-writer/

https://www.hongkiat.com/blog/signs-you-are-a-writer/

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