So often we think authors must be introverts, since writing is such a solitary, introspective endeavor.
Public speaking seems to be more in line with what an extrovert would do. After all, they thrive in environments full of people—malls, cafes, concerts, conferences.
Actually, it seems there is no direct correlation between being a writer and being an introvert or an extrovert.
Sure, if given a choice, introverts may rather express their ideas in writing than in speech and extroverts more often enjoy taking to the stage.
But, for both, writing provides a way of expression, although perhaps a more comfortable medium of expression for introverts.
There is also a third category, called ambiverts, striking a balance between these two extremes. This personality trait includes the qualities of both introversion and extroversion.
I am convinced that the longer a person writes, the possibility of him/her becoming anambivert increases. After all, introverts find that much of their career depends on marketing, publicity, and teaching opportunities. Extroverts realize that even though they thrive on social contact, they must still spend a good deal of their time working alone.
Of course, people retain their basic personality type, but environment and heredity both play a significant role in the blending of these two types into one super type—the best of both worlds—the ambivert.
A hybrid. A super communicator. A writer.
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Very nice post. I feel that perhaps those authors who do a great job of ‘selling’ their own work via book readings, recommending it to others are extroverts. I think that most authors who are ‘waiting to be discovered’ are indeed introverts for they are more comfortable with written and therefore delayed and impersonal communication. It could be that they fear immediate rejection that can potentially happen when communicating orally?