For most of my life I’ve had to snatch away time from the everyday routine to dive into a good book. And for most of my life, I’ve felt guilty about it. Parents and teachers praised my avid interest in reading, but by the time I reached college it wasn’t a hobby anymore. It was one of the driving forces of my life. (My Twitter bio doesn’t say “Obsessed with literature in all forms” for no reason, after all!) But while reading a lot is admired in our culture, it still holds the status of a leisure-time activity.
Have you ever taken some time off writing? Maybe it was six months or maybe it was…six years? I’ve gone through unhappy periods in my life when I wasn’t writing at all, and every time I tried to start again it seemed impossible. Even if I only wrote two sentences they were the worst two sentences I had ever seen. And what if you’ve never even really started writing?
If you’re an INFJ who’s been searching around on the internet for more information on your personality type, you’ve probably noticed that there are a ton of other INFJs out there who profess to feeling lonely, out of place, and on a different wavelength than most of the population. It’s really cool that there are so many online spaces in existence now where INFJs can meet others just like themselves and talk about it.
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.
You think you know your main character so well. You know where she came from, where he went to school, the name of her chosen dagger, and why he never goes to bed before three in the morning. But if you think you know everything there is to know about your character, think again. To write really juicy, complex characters you’ve got to get in there and peel back their masks.