Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Question for Introverts

A lot of writers are introverts. Interacting with people -- while we may enjoy it -- drains our energy after a while. As a follow-up to yesterday's post about maintaining a website, I wonder if writers feel it's easier to interact with fans or even other writers through the internet. It is, after all, a written medium. Compared with, say, a book signing tour, where you meet people face to face, do you think it's easier to promote yourself and your work online?


sfgirl said...

Another short answer: yes. But it's more fun to do the person-to-person thing, because you get to really MEET and experience your potential readers. Assuredly, it's more work, but it pays off more too.

Brady Frost said...

I imagine I would enjoy a writer's workshop more than I would a book signing event. I like to discuss writing and the creative process and I tend to view everyone as my peers. It's hard for me to conceptualize people looking up to me.
Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. :)

Kimber An said...

A decade ago, yes, but I'm pushing forty now and I've lived long enough to learn my own strengths and how to capitalize on them. I trained and worked as a nanny which acquinted me with the human nature in a very up close and personal way. I still need to re-charge in private, but I know how to pace myself.

Some people my age wish for their younger days. Personally, you couldn't pay me enough to go back.

Laurie said...

I probably fall somewhere in the middle of the road on the issue of introvert/extrovert. I feel the internet would be easier because you can interact with more readers, more often, by maintaining a blog or website (provided you post regularly and answer your comments--which many don't). Even so, I'd look forward to book signings and appearances as important face-to-face interaction.

Writer Babs said...

I agree with Laurie. The internet's just more convinient. But I think showing readers that you're a real person and not some machine is also important. If/When I ever get published, I would say that it would take a little of both ways of thinking to make a really good campaign.

Sally Ferguson said...

Definately, yes. I am enjoying the interaction on the internet. It enables me to meet a variety of people in a great many places that I might not be able to go.
Hawaii? I think anyone would be able to overcome the introvert tendencies there!

ambeen said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog!

As an introvert myself, I find it a million times easier conversing over the internet than in person. If I'm ever published, though, I think my desire to meet with and give my fans signatures, etc. would override my desire to hide. I know I wouldn't want my favorite authors shying away from book signings, so I hope if I'm ever in that position, I can get over my introversion. For a few hours anyway, lol.

Sheree said...

Words are my chosen medium. I like talking to people, but if I want to express myself in-depth, then I need time -- to think.

When face-to-face with another person, we are often not allowed the luxury of time to form a solid reply. That is often my downfall.

Give me a piece of paper and a pen, or a computer keyboard, a little though time, and I will be at my best.

I still love people, love meeting strangers, but to be at my best, my voice must be in print.


PS Thanks for visiting my PicaJet blog. I decided to return the favor.

Bemused Boomer said...

What a clever way to find writers to tell about your Misque writing event--by commenting on their blogs.

I am a rare and conflicted beastie--I MUST write, but I am an extremely social extrovert. I can indulge in our famously lonely profession for only a few hours a day, then I have to go acost people on the street to talk to. I wish I could afford Misque, but it's not in my cards right now. Have fun!

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