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Re: Are you a quiet person? Are most writers quiet?

Post by Grant Costello » 02 May 2016, 18:20

Oh yes, I'm a quite person, normally. Not challenged socially mind you, but more a listener and thinker. I don't blame this on writing, however. I'm an 'alone' type of person, and I socialize in moderation.

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Post by willow23 » 03 May 2016, 08:33

i am extremely quite even though i have a ton of opinions and ideas that i would love to get out there. once you make it into my inner circle you will notice that the quietness tends to fade away because i am more comfortable with you

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Post by Amagine » 03 Apr 2017, 14:41

I'm actually a perky individual. When I'm writing or thinking about something, I become profoundly quiet. So I guess you can say that I have A LOT of moments where I am quiet. I don't know if I'll completely call myself a quiet person though.
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Post by Jaime Lync » 07 Apr 2017, 22:47

I actually don't know if I am quiet or not. I am a writer and I love to play with words so I come off as very sarcastic most of the times...and somehow I don't think I can write sarcasm very well. I was recently told that I am not very social due to my sarcasm but I use that as a way to get to know people better and have a good laugh - love laughing and one on one conversations - not groups - get really quiet in groups.
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Post by bookreviewer28 » 08 Apr 2017, 17:39

I would say it's very common, yes! But it's definitely not a necessity and introversion/extroversion has nothing to do with how good a writer is or could be in my opinion.

However, I simply believe that because of the introverts' natural tendencies to be observers more than participants in most social situations, they often notice things their extroverted counterparts may usually miss. Things they can describe through writing should they will to. After all, almost any character in any book was probably inspired by a person the writer met or had in mind in real life, wouldn't you say? But I'm just one of the introverts and I could be biased too. :D

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Post by Rebeccaej » 08 Apr 2017, 20:52

I hit the extremes. If I'm not comfortable in a situation, I'll be almost completely silent. If I'm comfortable, I kinda lose impulse control and start info-dumping all over the place.
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Post by Brandi Noelle » 26 Oct 2017, 15:11

I am not quiet in the least. I have always been a very outgoing person and my family would tell you that I talk too much and often, too loud (that part would come from my mom). The only two people I know who are louder and more social than me are my husband and daughter!

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Post by Sushan » 19 Jun 2018, 14:11

Most of the time I am also a quite person. But I don't think all the writers have to be so all the time. otherwise people will see you as some antisocial psychopath
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Post by Kmykel » 21 Jun 2018, 01:00

I'm an interesting case. As a child, I was painfully shy, almost to the point of being unable to function in society. A lot of that stemmed from bullying in elementary school. It wasn't until I was in high school that I made my first friend. It wasn't until college that I became a social butterfly. I figured out I liked talking, and doing stuff!

Now I go out and experience things for the sole purpose of being able to write about them. How good of a storyteller can I be without real-world experience, right? Turns out, I love public speaking of all things! Who would have thought? I feel like being social really gives me insight into how people talk and behave, so that I can make my characters as realistic as possible. Plus, I'm happier.

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Post by Kelsey anne » 21 Jun 2018, 08:02

Usually I am pretty quiet but then again it all depends on the topic of conversation for me. Sometimes when I'm writing, I feel like I have so many ideas and they all make sense in my head but then when I try to write them down, it's like I can't find the words to say or it doesn't make sense the way it did in my head. I feel like this sometimes when I'm having conversations because I will try to explain something to someone but my words aren't sinking into their brains. Then I get frustrated so I remain quiet.

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Post by Jnlacy1102 » 21 Jun 2018, 20:44

It depends on the situation. I will talk around family and friends, but I am much more quiet around strangers or people that I do not know well. It takes a few times of meeting a person and getting a feel for their personality, but after that I am fine and will socialize.

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Post by Yicheng Liu » 24 Jun 2018, 08:49

I will generally consider myself as a bit of an introverted person, but I often find myself in public speaking situations and find no problems delivering speeches for public events.

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Post by palilogy » 24 Jun 2018, 09:11

I'm a quiet person, unless I'm in a group of people I brought together.
I prefer not to say too much usually. I'm not sure if this is general of all writers.
I dated one that was never quiet.

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Post by KatSims92 » 26 Jun 2018, 12:14

Absolutely. I was always the quietest in school and in social gatherings. I'm a true introvert, and I'm an INFJ, to be precise. I think quieter people have deeper wellsprings of imagination, and lots of well-known, beloved writers were introverts as well.

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Post by echoesofmj » 27 Jun 2018, 21:57

I admit that I had never quite thought about it until I read your post. But now that I do, I find that I am a fairly quiet person. I think that it's mostly so that I can observe. I have a tendency to fall into the background, but that allows me to see how people interact with each other, what they do when they think nobody is watching, etc.

I find that this really benefits the whole writing process because you're able to create characters that are more realistic, more relatable, perhaps.

However, I can also be loud at times. Perhaps it's just that sometimes you can't find all the interactions you want between people - you have to experience some things by yourself so you're able to describe them better to your readers. Or so I find.

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