|Posted by Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author on August 14, 2011 at 7:30 PM|
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If you are an introvert writer, it’s important to realize that you get energized differently than extroverts. Introverts draw energy from inside. Extroverts energize from others and the sensory input from their surroundings, the very things that drain introverts.
Solitude, ideas, impressions and emotions are what rejuvenate introverts. Because they use more internal stimulation, their brains make longer pathways. This causes their thought patterns to take longer and sets them at a disadvantage when it comes to socializing. But they have the ability to think deep which brings credibility to their work.
Socializing and networking abilities come naturally for the extroverts. But according to Marti Olsen Laney who wrote The Introvert Advantage, introverts can also have success by learning to pace, prioritize, and set up parameters.
Pacing involves establishing tempo and balancing personal energy supplies. I have learned to identify my peak performance hours of the day. I use this time for things that require the most energy. Introverts must be realistic when setting goals, scheduling breaks and solitude. Allot time for interruptions and personal obligations.
In prioritizing, determine what is needed to achieve and set goals. I plan no more than one or two social or stressful events per week. Introverts must break goals into daily steps. It helps to identify barriers and make a plan to overcome them. Reward progress and feel free to re-evaluate often.
In setting parameters, introverts need to set boundaries to protect and promote pacing. I have learned to say no to events that are not priorities. Nurture yourself by creating a work nook that’s comforting and energizing. Natural light is best. I find that a window allows me to look out and think deeper. I keep a small 3”x2” erasable easel on my desk and write myself encouraging or motivating messages.
A social situation with lots of outside sensory stimuli can temporarily overload and stall my thinking, but this can be avoided by strategizing. Introverts facing a social situation should rest and energize beforehand. I determine to have a good time. I find a place to perch and scope the room. Introverts must be intentional about what is going on around you and the goals you have set. Put on a friendly face. In group settings, introverts must speak quicker and louder than normal, using nonverbal cues like nods, eye contact and smiles.
I am living proof that an introvert can act like an extrovert in small doses and survive. It’s all right to feel uncomfortable. I do. That doesn’t mean that something bad will happen. Decide beforehand to allow yourself a deliberate break from the crowd or to leave within a given time. Set some goals and escapes.Dangle the reward that you have chosen.
Remember, introverts who are intentional to establish personal tempo and balance energy can create success. There’s no changing temperament, but stretching yourself to accomplish writing goals builds confidence for the future.
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