Where do you prefer to write? A cafe? At home? In a mountain cabin?
Places I have written.
Hiding under a card table draped in a sheet to turn it into a Martian fortress. Huddled beside the fire during a blackout. In the car on the way to Shipbottom with my family--only once, it made me carsick.
In a subterranean laboratory, a hurricane screaming outside, cadavers wrapped in plastic as my only companions. Sitting in a parked car in Kilkee, Ireland, waiting for a shower to pass, watching the ocean change colors.
And now, thanks to the wonders of laptops, anywhere in my home: on the couch, in the rocking chair, in bed, on the floor....preferably near an open window watching the breeze dance through the spanish moss dangling from the live oaks and almost always with my fat calico cat sleeping half on my lap (I'm hoping the acrobatics of typing over her prevent carpal tunnel) and half on the keyboard.
It's not that I don't like people--I do, I do! It's just that they suck my energy dry. Psychic vampires--especially my extrovert friends.
See, being an introvert doesn't mean I'm shy or reserved (Shane, stop laughing!) It simply means that I get my energy by being by myself, by having some alone time to relax and recharge. While extroverts (who can be shy) get their energy by being around others--they're the ones who leave one party to race to the next because they're so charged up that going home seems a dismal prospect.
Us introverts? We're the ones racing to leave the party and fall into bed so we can recuperate!
I've learned the hard way to enjoy my extroverted friends (you psychic vamps know who you are!) in short sprints, then retreat to my cave to recharge my batteries.
In fact when I take personality tests like the Myers-Briggs, I score high Introvert and 100% Intuitive--so is it any wonder that I tend to wander around in a world of my own imagining?
My Myers-Briggs type is INFJ--the rarest, only 1.5% of the population. BUT when I teach writing classes, usually around 30% of the students will be fellow INFJ's!!!
Makes me wonder if us hermits are simply born to be writers.....but I doubt you'll see many of us introverts hanging around Starbucks to write!!!
So you tell me, introvert or extrovert? Hermit or psychic vamp?
Not sure? Here's a quick test to find out your personality type:http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp
Thanks for reading!
As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge suspense novels. Her debut, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), became a National Bestseller and Publishers Weekly proclaimed it a "breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller."
The second in the series, WARNING SIGNS, was released January, 2009 and the third, URGENT CARE, is due out October, 2009. Contact her at http://www.cjlyons.net