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an introvert in an extrovert's world

I’ve been anxious to blog this week, but my day job has been acting up again, demanding an ungodly number of hours, and worse, using up all my brain capacity. It’s the curse of having more than one interesting careers, I guess. The lawyering occasionally intrudes on parts of my brain that are usually reserved for my fiction. And this week, it wasn’t just the subject matter that was interesting. I also witnessed a couple of fascinating personal dramas that I imagine will show up in one form or another in a book some day.

It made me acknowledge a startling truth: that even though I dream of earning enough from my writing to quit my lawyering, the lawyering has consistently been a great source of plots, not to mention, an amazing glimpse into some personalities that are far, far different from my own.

As most of you know, I’m an introvert except when I’m among friends, or when I’m really, really worked up over an issue. If I were staying home all day writing fiction, my only source of material would be books, TV and movies. But thanks to my day job, I have a front row seat in meetings that are filled with real-life “characters.” I work with some brilliant people who are articulate, passionate and committed to their ideals. I also work with some very political, very glib individuals. I could watch these two types in action all day! And because I’m naïve, it takes me a while to sort the passionate from the glib, so I learn a little bit about introverts in the process too. (And sometimes, I’m the one doing all the talking! Because I can get pretty passionate about my job, and completely protective of my clients – so much so that I forget to be an introvert at all.)

This week I’ll post another kind of writing update along with a contest update. I’ve wanted to blog about reincarnation, but I guess that will have to wait for my next life. Meanwhile, keep those entries coming in! They’re great.



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Apr. 23rd, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
Contest? What contest?

I write, but I Do Not Want to become a full-time writer. I am introvert (I always say that on the introvert-extrovert scale from 1-10, I'm a minus ten).

It's not just the story thing, to be honest. I am a writer, first and foremost, but there are many other things I want to do. I'm going to university to become an economist, not study literature or creative writing and this one appears to puzzle a lot of people. Those people need to study economics.
Apr. 24th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
economics is so romantic
I met my husband in Economics class at Berkeley. It was one of my favorite classes even before I met him.

For the contest, check out my March 31st blog entry. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

I always assumed that the majority of creative writers were introverts, but I've met so many who aren't, I've begun to wonder. Of course, most of the extroverts I know are ones I've met at conferences, which is a bit self-selecting. I'm usually the one hiding in my hotel room scribbling on a notepad while everyone else is attending the festivities, so I rarely go -- not very cost effective for me since I don't take advantage of most of the networking opportunities.

Anyway, for those of us with introvert tendencies, I think it's probably healthy not to focus completely on writing. We need strong roots to the real world.

Apr. 24th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: economics is so romantic

That's certainly one reason. I really don't need to spend more time alone.

And I'm off to check out your March 31st post!
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