Following on from yesterday’s theme of sharing some of my favourite people to stalk, I thought I would share a particular blog that I find hilarious. I didn’t include it in yesterday’s post as I couldn’t think of a suitable one liner to describe it to you, I realise now that it probably needs a few paragraphs.
The blog, that I hope you’ll all go and read, is called The Introverts Dictionary and is written by Charlotte Latvala who is an author, columnists and self-confessed introvert. The concept of the blog is very simple yet very clever, each post is a letter of the alphabet and each dictionary entry is in some hilarious way linked to introversion.Even though I have read through the dictionary a few times now, the entries still make me chuckle. The reason for this is that I am an introvert myself and so can relate to almost all of them. I am naturally inclined to avoid any situation with more than a couple of people, any requirement to make small talk or any possibility that I will have to suffer idiots.
This led to me to wonder whether writers in general are natural introverts or whether the necessary solitude they inflict upon themselves to put their words on paper causes the introversion over time.I don’t know any writers personally but most of the ones I come across online seem to lean towards introversion, I have seen television interviews with authors who look like they’d rather be sticking pins in their eyes than talking to the interviewer, they looked genuinely pained to be there.
What do you think? Do writers become introverts because of their chosen profession or is it innate? Has their enforced environment caused them to withdraw into themselves or could it be that nature’s introverts are naturally drawn to the profession of writing because it suits their personality? They could legitimately never see another human again if they didn’t want to. Our school careers advisor certainly used to suggest pursuing jobs based on personality so is the human psyche your onboard careers advisor?
It’s another angle to consider in the nature vs nurture debate but it’s one that resonates with me, it causes me to question why I choose to spend time writing rather than doing almost anything else. Do I write because I would rather be doing this than taking part in anything involving actual people?
If I’m honest, I think I probably do. Especially if that activity is in any way linked to team sports.