There's lots of advice out there for introverted authors. How to market your book, how to navigate social media, etc, etc. I think it's great that there are articles like that for the introverted side of us writers. I know that it is definitely the thing people expect writers to be--I mean, we spend countless hours in our own little worlds, so we HAVE to be introverts, right?
Well, I'm here to say that based on my scientific (ahem) research there is a good population of us extroverted writers, too. Now, with the lack of articles geared toward us, one might arrive at the idea that we extroverted writers get off easy, especially as far as marketing our book goes. We LOVE people, so it all works out great!
*cough* Actually, as a fellow extroverted writer, I can vouch for the fact that we have our own set of drawbacks. Things like... jumping into too many things at once, struggling alone through things and just wanting someone to talk to who understands, not being able to focus on writing because you want to chat with a friend (or do something completely random), finding it really hard to say no to a lot of things, wondering if there's anyone out there like us, wanting to talk to people... oh wait, did I already mention that one? lol.
It's definitely been an adventure being an extroverted writer, and I've learned a lot. So, for my fellow-extroverts, here are 5 practical tips for the writing life!
1. Find a writing friend. Or two, or three. Sometimes it's hard, especially if you don't have any friends who write or know where to look. But when you do have someone with whom you can pour out all your book-related woes, ask questions, and do word sprints with, it makes things so much more fun! And if you can't think of anybody to chat bookish things with, I'm always here for you. :)
2. Don't feel like you have to write in a solitary place. I understand that even among extroverted writers there will be different tastes, but you should try this at least a couple times. I work SO much better when I'm with people, even if we're not really interacting. Writing as a group is always a blast, and writing in coffee shops, the kitchen table of your house (if you live with family), in libraries, or on road trips always helps me write WAY more than if I was by myself. And I might as well mention that when I am completely and utterly alone, I usually have music and typewriter sounds, along with either rain ambiance, nature sounds, or cafe ambiance. :P I collect background sounds, lol! If everything was silent it would distract me like crazy, and its truly so much easier to concentrate when there's more noise.
3. Don't jump into too many things at once. Whether its book ideas, marketing ventures, or writing + extra activities, be wise with what you do. It's exciting and all, but starting Twitter, a Facebook page, a Blog, Pinterest, and Instagram at the same time is just going to be stressful and you'll end up burning out. You don't have to do everything that everyone recommends! :) When it comes to things with a learning curve--learn it before starting something else. If you're launching a book, create a plan of action with different steps so you're not overwhelmed (or just happily screaming along the ride in roller-coaster fashion). If four friends are asking you to beta-read their book, guest post, compile an epic blog tour for them, and participate in a book vlog all in the same two days... you may have to say no to some things. I know it's hard to do! I get sad just thinking about it. But sometimes you have to.
4. Discover what you're good at in writing and hone in on that skill. You don't need to despair over your lack of poeticness if you're great at building amazing characters. Or whatever it is in your situation. I used to feel like I wasn't a "real" writer because I couldn't write beautiful descriptions. I tried my hardest, but it felt forced. When I wrote without thinking too hard about it, I found my stories leaning on the comedic or realistic side of things and I was a little embarrassed. But after a while, I just stopped worrying. I decided that I'd just write like me, and try to polish up my own style to be the best it could be. Of course, you want to work on all points of writing, but what I'm trying to say is--you have your own unique voice, so be excited to polish up your strong points! :)
5. Sit Down and Write. I go all the time to my computer and open my document... and then a million things pop in my head and the next thing I know I'm creating a packing list for a hypothetical trip to Germany or swapping funny comments with my friend. It can be hard to focus sometimes, especially when you're thinking of a lot of other things. (I just stared at the screen for about a minute after this sentence thinking about the tingling in my arm. That is live proof that it's a real challenge, lol!) It's so easy to get caught up in so many other different directions. So when you sit down to write--write. Fight the urge to research the life cycle of the platypus even if you think you might use it in another book someday. If you have to, scribble a memo down in a notebook and if you still think it's important later, you can take care of it. I do this and it helps immensely. Use a Pomodoro timer if that helps. Or do a word sprint-- say 1,000 words in fifteen minutes. When you have a specific goal other than "write" it often helps. ;)
So those are my five practical tips for extroverted writers! Let me know in the comments below if you're an extroverted writer, and if you have any tips or tricks you've learned. Also, what is your favorite flavor of ice cream? I have no idea on mine. I like them all. :P I'd love to hear from you all! :)
You all have a lovely day!