Here are the benefits of Intuitive writers (INFP, INTP, INFJ, INTJ)!
N’s are dreamers, not realists. We’re continually in search of new ideas and information! What better playground for an Intuitive than their own mind… a place where they can create and explore limitless possibilities, plot and rationalize out behaviors, situations, and characters, organize and control the storyline?
Here are some of the awesome things about Intuitive writers:
They’ve already anticipated your guesses.
Intuitives figure out Agatha Christie novels a hundred pages before anyone else does, because they just “know” who did it, without any supporting evidence. As authors, they’ll want to surprise their audience if they can.
They know what they hate in fiction, and try to avoid it.
If you’ve heard them complain about the clichés in Downton Abbey, don’t expect them to duplicate those clichés in their book. Expect them to turn clichés on their head or avoid them entirely. Don’t expect “love at first sight,” either.
You won’t be able to unravel their entire plot with one question.
As Rationals, they’ll sit down and figure out all the logical ways their main character could get out of this or that situation and then address them all, so there are no glaring plot holes to the extent of “… why didn’t he just unplug the television?”*
Their world will be grounded in reality…
… even if it’s a fantasy world. There will be logic, governing rules, and consistency in characters.
Their novels will usually say something.
They have a greater vision for their work, or they wouldn’t have put the effort into writing it in the first place. INT’s in particular have very little patience for things which serve no purpose—that includes their own writing, and the book itself.
They pull no punches.
They will ask hard questions and not give easy answers. They will show that life isn’t black and white, but exists in shades of gray. They will build up characters for you to love and introduce flaws to them, to cause you to question your own motivations. They will tackle tough and even taboo topics, because they think these things deserve to be discussed, and sometimes take characters you love away from you.
They won’t force themselves on you.
As Introverts, they will respect you as a reader. They will value the time you have given to them. They will make their point as briefly as possible. They will not over-promote themselves or become a nuisance.
(An unfortunate byproduct of this is we won’t sell as many books… darn it.)
Anyone can be a writer… introvert, extrovert, intuitive, sensor, thinker, feeler, perceiver or judger. All it takes is a bit of imagination and pen.
* That was a smart-alek question I asked an author in an e-mail when I was twelve. I caught him off guard, because he hadn’t thought of that and so, I kind of… unraveled his entire plot. Oops.