The Introverted Writer


By Andrea Merrell

Most folks tend to view writers as shy. Quiet. Reticent. Even reclusive. Living a solitary lifestyle and avoiding other people. While this may be true of some, I invite you to come with me to a writers’ conference—especially one filled with believers.

As soon as we drive onto the grounds of the conference, park the car, and enter the registration building, we can spot them right away: the introverts and extroverts.

The extroverts are busy floating around the room—smiling, laughing, and hugging everyone they pass. They’re quickly resuming old friendships and making new ones. They never meet a stranger. Their confidence shines bright as they take charge and lead the way.

Meanwhile, the introverts are hugging the wall, trying not to be seen. Their eyes wander around the room as they think, what in the world am I doing here? They continue to try and blend in with the crowd while looking for a kindred spirit.

Can you relate? Do you find yourself in either scenario? If not, let’s look at another personality trait that is often overlooked: the ambivert. This is a person who possesses the qualities of both an introvert and an extrovert. Many who consider themselves a full-fledged introvert just might fall into this category. See if that’s you.

An ambivert:

  • Likes people and enjoys being with them, but not for long periods of time. According to one writer, their social activity has an “expiration date.”
  • Must have solitude and alone time to regroup and recharge.
  • Can step out of their shell when the need arises.
  • Can step into the background and let others shine.
  • Leads a balanced life without extremes.

For years I considered myself a true introvert, yet I knew I had some extrovert qualities. I loved being with people and having fun, but I thrived on my alone time. Honestly, it felt a bit confusing until someone pointed out that I am an ambivert.

Maybe you are too. If so, embrace the way God created you. Don't compare yourself with others, and don’t be afraid to let both sides shine. The world needs more ambiverts—those who can comfortably take a back seat or center stage.

I did a post on Facebook recently asking if there were any other ambiverts out there and got a lot of response. If this is where you fit, let us know. We would love to hear your comments.

(Photos courtesy of, Stuart Miles, and photostock.)


As a writer, are you an extrovert, introvert, or ambivert? via @AndreaMerrell (Click to tweet.)




  1. Finally, I know what I am.

  2. Andrea, you just cleared up the issue for me. I must be an ambivert too!


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