I used to dread winter coming. I grew up in Michigan, a very cold and snowy place during the winter. So when the days started getting shorter in the fall I knew subzero temperatures and life-threatening patches of black ice were on the way. Then I moved to California and I didn’t have to fear the snow and ice anymore. But my dread of winter stayed with me. There was just something about it getting dark so early in the afternoon that depressed me. I felt this need to withdraw and retreat until spring showed up again.
I also noticed that my writing output seemed to suffer during the end of December, but I blamed it on the holiday madness that erupts every year. I was too busy to think straight, much less push through those difficult last few chapters of my novel.
Don’t Stop Believing
Every human being carries a light within. Every single one of us. If we’re still breathing, we have a light that burns inside of us and shines out into the world. But writers and artists have a very particular kind of light. Our light appears ephemeral but it has the potential to be long lasting, due to our tendency to record our creative efforts and distribute them to the larger population. It can also be very emotionally nourishing to others as it usually manifests through archetypal images and stories.
Most people live in tiny little boxes of fear. In our culture it’s hard not to get sucked into it. The news and the media tell us that things are bad, very bad. And they’re only going to get worse. When we feel the crawling little ravenous mouth of fear inside our own gut, we are more likely to pay attention to the voices of anxiety and agitation surrounding us. Fear feeds on fear. It needs more and more of it to keep going.
All of my life people have described me as intense. My family, my friends, perfect strangers that I’ve met at parties. I’ve been known to get really excited about a topic—like REALLY excited—without noticing the person that I’m talking to is backing away from me and trying to get out of the room. Don’t get me wrong, my intuitive people skills are usually pretty good. But when my creative faculties are triggered, everything else flies out the window.
What type of writer personality are you? Knowing your specific type can help you make significant progress on your novel or story. If you know what you are, you’ll have the key to how you work the best.
Based on the Jung Typology test each different personality type is assigned 4 letters. For instance, I’m an INFJ. That stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling and Judging. There are 16 types overall, but a significant portion of creative writers fall into the category of the Intuitive Feelers. Check out the creative writing types below and see if you can spot your personality: