With our art, we're saying, "This is who I am."
Hello! Fellow INFP here. Now I admit I'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to Myers-Briggs. I only discovered I was an INFP about one or two years ago, but ever since I've been so enthralled by everything I've read about INFPs and the other types. It is truly fascinating and has been so accurate for me. This post is about some of the things that's been true for me as an INFP writer, but you might also feel the same way. Who knows. These can also apply to non-writers as well. The more the merrier.
- INFP writers might be discovery writers, which means they might prefer to discover the story as they write. For the six years I've been writing this has been my process. Yes, I've tried outlining but the thrill of finding the story as I write just feels too good.
- INFP writers crave magic in everyday life. There isn't a day that goes by where I'm not searching for some sort of creative stimulation. Whether through music, art, or books, I feel my best when my heart and my soul have been touched. As I write, or before I begin, I might have to listen to my favorite playlist or spend some time on Pinterest.
- INFP writers love to see themselves in their work. I'm one of those people who loathed working in groups for creative projects. In my opinion, creative work is meant to be personal. I never felt like there was any of me in the group projects I did in school. That's why we work solo.
- The heart of an INFP writer is always hungry. I don't write every day, but I'm always thinking about writing. What will my next story be? And how can I make it better than the last? These questions are always swimming through my mind. Once an INFP writer sets their heart on something, it'll be hard to change their mind. I'll never stop writing.
- INFP writers sometimes find it hard to zoom out. We might be good at looking at the details, a line we love or that one scene. When it comes to the big picture, I find I have to go all the way back to the beginning and outline the scenes I've written so far. This is the only way. A light bulb always goes off in my head. And I think, "Ah, so this is what I've written."
- INFP writers can take criticism. It might take us a while to come to terms with the fact that our critique partner was right about that character needing more fleshing out, but we usually come around eventually.
- INFP writers can get really passionate at times. I for one know how hard it is to let go of a project I swore would be the one. It usually takes another bright idea for me to fully let go of the previous one.
- INFP writers live in their imaginations. I wasn't always writing, but I was always dreaming and telling stories to myself. Even now, I find it hard to quiet my thoughts. There's always some adventure to be had in this mind of mine.
- By writing and making art, INFP writers are trying to find themselves. We often feel so lost in this world, not knowing where we belong. With our art, we're delving deeper into ourselves, trying to make sense of who we truly are. I don't often know what I want to say until I write it down. I don't always know what I like until it's in front of me.
- INFP writers might secretly want to disappear inside of their favorite books. This needs no explanation. In fact, I think all book lovers feel this way, wanting more than ordinary life.
- INFP writers suffer from perpetual loneliness. The characters in our minds are our best friends.
- INFP writers will try to find a place for other art they love in their own work. Maybe it might just be me, but coming home the other night I was listening to a song I used to love. I thought, I'm going to write a character who loves this sort of music as much as I do.
- INFP writers might think they're weird. We tend to feel like there's no one else in the world who feel and think the same way we do, which is why Myers-Briggs is so wonderful. On the same note, we might also take being called weird as a compliment because it means there's no one else out their like us, no one can write or paint as we can.
- INFP writers are romantics. We don't always flaunt it, but we love the idea of being able to share a deep connection with someone through our art. The best compliment an INFP can receive is someone saying, "I understand you."
- INFP writers just want to make beautiful things. That's it really. We love the act of creating, even if it might not be very good. We sometimes find it so hard to articulate who we are and why we like something. With our art, we're saying, "This is who I am."
If you're an INFP, I'd love to know if any of these resonate with you. Is there anything you'd like to add to the list?