Douglas Adams once wrote, “The chances of finding out what’s really going on in the universe are so remote, the only thing to do is hang the sense of it and keep yourself occupied.” While some would call Myers-Briggs psychological typing complete and utter nonsense, I think it is, at the very least, an interesting way to categorize people, regardless if it’s true or right. I am an INTJ: one of the rational types, the mastermind, the one who figures out how everything works and why. The last thing one of us would do is “hang the sense of it,” but it’s a necessary skill for survival, no? Many of the most influential writers to me—Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, and Emily Brontë, to name a few—are also INTJs, non-sense-hanging lovers of everything rational. But we’ve adapted to survive, we’ve adapted to write. Lewis Carroll took it the farthest, obviously, but there’s an element of the absurd, an embrace of it even, in all their work. Because, let’s face it: people are absurd. There’s no getting around that fact. Continue reading “Addressing the Absurd”
INTJs are strange, mystical creatures with uncharted depths and a penchant for looking angry. You’ll often find them lost somewhere between the facets of a problem and the pages of a book, if you find them at all. They’re something like a ninja, a robot, and a night unicorn combined, quietly, magically watching from the shadows, waiting for the perfect time to wow you with their brilliance.
M is for magic.
In which I weave together writing advice and my feelings while listening to Zac Brown Band.
M is for mischief.
In which I talk about the major downsides of an INTJ personality, specifically mine. And maybe weave in more writing advice, for any of you trying to write one.
M is for muffins.
Because I made some this morning and they were delicious, and I felt like I needed a third item in this list. Continue reading “Magic, Mischief, and a Little Bit of Chicken Fried”
So I have a theory. Actually, I have two theories that melded into one. Or rather, one theory that branched off two ways? I’m not totally sure, because it all happened at one time in my brain. So maybe it’s a hundred little theories all coming together into this one blog post. Whatever. You don’t care.
My theory is this: Your strengths as a writer can be determined through your Myers-Briggs personality type. I mean, obviously, right? Your personality influences how you see the world. But what if it could be broken down so that each strength was attached to one specific part of your personality? Continue reading “MBTI and Writing”