Are you one of the rare breed, the extrovert writer?
Welcome to the club, the exclusive club.
Creatives are considered a strange lot by the world at large. And creatives who are extroverts are considered stranger still.
So how do we get anything done when we’re (sigh) alone in our office staring at a blank computer screen or gleaming white piece of paper?
The following suggestions may or may not get your fingers flying, but they are likely to help the extrovert survive the isolation of the writer’s life.
Listen to songs like Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancin’” on repeat and develop your chair dancing skills.
Listening to motivating music and getting the blood pumping can energize anyone’s writing (providing they don’t find it too distracting), but for extroverts, it’s nice to have the company.
And speaking of virtual company . . .
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of podcasts in cyberspace of interest to writers. There is so much to learn and all this free information from experienced authors is great—if we apply it and don’t simply spend hours “hanging out” with our new friends.
We may want to limit ourselves to one podcast per day. <averts eyes and hums>
Facebook (and Other Social Media)
Facebook has made it easy to make hundreds of “friends.” But do we really need to read dozens of posts in our newsfeed throughout the day?
And with Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and the other social media networks out there, we can waste (yes, let’s be honest) hours every day.
Instead of frittering away our time, why not set a timer and sign out when it goes off? Some writers have chosen not to be on social media, while others find it helpful to have a second computer, one they use exclusively for writing.
While much of the time we spend online may be better spent doing something else, writing for instance, we were all created for community and the internet provides us with opportunities previous generations never even dreamed of.
Where else can we connect with experienced writers further along the journey than we are? Where else can we hang out with other creatives, especially those who live on the other side of the globe? Where else can we soak in encouragement, inspiration, and motivation when our family and friends don’t “get us”?
There is the temptation to spread ourselves too thin and become members of too many online communities, but if we’re selective, it can fuel our writing. Plus, we can encourage others as well. (Even bestselling authors need encouragement.)
Of course there’s nothing like spending time with a friend in person.
Many introverts write at their local coffee shop. For extroverts it may be too distracting. But why not try an experiment? Make a coffee date but arrive 1-2 hours early in order to write. Allow the sensory input to add to, rather than distract from, your writing.
So what other survival tips would you share with the extrovert writer?
Contributed by Stephanie Nickel, CES writer and editor