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If you are an NP writer, this means you write…

Epic stories: Since you have an enormous imagination that gets its ideas from the world around it, the people you meet, and what you have also read and watched (Si), your story is likely to be epic and sprawling, set in a fantastical world straight out of your own imagination with underlining themes of greatness. (Please see: J.R.R. Tolkien, and George R.R. Martin.)

If you happen to be an NTP writer, it also means these epic stories are full of…

Controversial questions: You aren’t merely content to color inside the lines, you want to re-define the lines, challenge established characterizations, and ask hard questions of your reader. You want to make them re-evaluate their belief system and consider alternate points of view, such as “what exactly is right or wrong?” Most of all, you want to challenge social conventions. You have that externally-focused imagination and internal reasoning that makes you a master of sarcastic criticism of society – in other words, you’re Terry Pratchett.

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If you happen to be an NFP writer, your stories will be centered around…

Incredible characters: People are important to you – their stories are important for you to tell. You are going to write a world full of vivid, rich and emotionally deep characters that will resonate with your audience, either prompting their sympathy or their personal identification with that character. Relationships will play a large role in your stories. (If you are an ENFP writer, this will give you a brilliant, sprawling plot-based story full of unforgettable characters – you’re Charles Dickens. If you’re an INFP writer, characterization is at the heart of your story – and you’re J.K. Rowling.)

NP writers have the potential to be the greatest novelists of all time, because they have such rich imaginations. Unfortunately, there are also pitfalls that come with being an NP writer.

You can…

Get distracted: Become so fascinated with world building that you neglect to finish your book, or it takes you years or even decades to bring your story full circle. (Martin and Tolkien both struggle with this.)

Have too many characters: The more imaginative you are, the more characters are going to jump into your story, and make it important to you to flesh them out and give them stories of their own. This means you might go six chapters without seeing your protagonist. (Tolkien, Martin, and Dickens struggle with this.)

Take unnecessary side trails: Imaginative minds full of many ideas can get distracted and go down rabbit trails that have no real bearing on the main plot. This means the book is longer than it needs to be and moves at a slower pace than it should.

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NFP writers are going to have a natural flair for dialogue and sentence structure that the NTP writer lacks. NFP’s are more people-centered, with better communication skills, where NTP’s are rationality centered and do better at thinking than talking. As a result, the NTP is going to struggle with…

Awkward dialogue and long sentences: Your dialogue is going to be more formal and less emotional, because you are less emotional. It will sound stiff unless you focus on strengthening that aspect of your writing. The Intuitive-Rational brain functions differently than an Intuitive-Feeler brain, as well, so your sentences may be overly long, or hard to read.

The tendency to sound pretentious: You learned a ton of big words at a young age and love to use them. But the everyday reader doesn’t appreciate feeling “stupid” because they have to look up 15 letter words. Keep it simple, if you can.

Mostly, though, you procrastinate. Even if you want to finish your book, you put off working on it. So, how can you write amazing novels and finish them before getting distracted or bored? How can you avoid some of your flaws while enhancing your naturally awesome abilities?

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Set a word limit for your novel. It will give you an end in sight and keep you on target. If you write always aware of the word limit, you won’t be as tempted to derail your main plot.

Keep a character jar. When a new character hints to you that he has a terrific life story, write it down and put it aside. His story needs told, but not in this book. Write your next book about him.

Have a deadline. 80k words in 3 months is very doable. 80k words in 4 months is even more doable. The sooner you finish this story, the sooner you can move on to the next.

Read it out loud. This will help you catch weird sentences, repeated words, and awkward dialogue.

Don’t compare your writing to that of a writer of a different personality type. Emulating a type of writing that doesn’t come naturally to you will be a difficult and frustrating experience. So what if your style doesn’t appeal to a certain kind of reader? Another kind of reader is going to LOVE YOU, but they can’t unless you write the stories and characters that come naturally to you. An emotionally-driven reader isn’t going to enjoy an NTP’s plot-driven, rather logical narrative, but the NTP down the block will adore you.