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This is a discussion on Would an INFP be able to write a romance novel? within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Originally Posted by Luke I think you're just another guy who wishes he was Edward Cullen. Nah, Edward Cullen wishes ...

  1. #21
    ENFJ - The Givers

    Quote Originally Posted by Luke View Post
    I think you're just another guy who wishes he was Edward Cullen.
    Nah, Edward Cullen wishes he was me :P
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  2. #22
    INFJ - The Protectors

    Hello! :)
    I'm actually writing one right now; it's not finished, of course, only 140-150 pages or so but I'm still enthustiastic about it.It's about a teacher-student relationship.Oh, I forgot to add that I don't know if it's your average romantic book, because I write mostly about the pressures society puts on their relationship and not about lovey-dovey stuff.But anyway, I'd say INFPs are somewhat able to write a romance novel if inspired enough.

  3. #23
    INFP

    Oh sure.

    Some of the best writers have been INFP.

    Check out this list of supposed INFP writers:

    William Shakespeare, bard of Avon
    Anne Frank, author (The Diary of a Young Girl)
    Helen Keller, author
    Laura Ingalls Wilder, author (Little House on the Prairie)
    Amy Tan, author (The Joy-Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife)
    Annie Dillard, author (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek)
    A. A. Milne, author, poet (Winnie the Pooh)
    Homer, epic poet (The Iliad, The Odyssey)
    Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro), poet (The Aeneid)
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (Evangeline)
    James Herriot, veterinarian, author (All Creatures Great and Small)

    ...and then there is this page. Take a look at that! Wow, there are some listed on that page that I was very surprised they even made it to INFP-land/List but LOTS of Romancy writers there.
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  4. #24
    INFJ - The Protectors

    I subscribe!Also, don't forget about Emily Bronte, Oscar Wilde and Hans Christian Andersen! :)

    I've found something interesting, take a look at this:
    Writing Process of the INFP
    INFPs may approach a writing project in the following ways:

    • Work best in a quiet environment where they won’t be interrupted. They like autonomy so they can perfect their writing according to their own high standards without having to follow someone else’s schedule.
    • Prefer writing about personal topics. You may lose your creative drive if the subject isn’t meaningful to you. If so, try taking an angle that allows you to write about your feelings on the topic. If you’re an INFP technical writer, look for ways to connect with readers by anticipating and meeting their needs.
    • Have a keen insight into the nature of things. Their prose often conveys startling images of mood or atmosphere rather than objects. They enjoy complexity and can patiently unravel dense material. They are able to see many sides of an argument and so may have difficulty reaching a conclusion. During the writing process, they may often pause to consider alternatives or to seek connections between seemingly disparate things.

    source: The INFP Writing Personality: Elegant*Persuasion « Andrea J. Wenger: Write*with*Personality

  5. #25
    INFJ - The Protectors

    I subscribe!Also, don't forget about Emily Bronte, Oscar Wilde and Hans Christian Andersen! :)

    I've found something interesting, take a look at this:
    Writing Process of the INFP
    INFPs may approach a writing project in the following ways:

    • Work best in a quiet environment where they won’t be interrupted. They like autonomy so they can perfect their writing according to their own high standards without having to follow someone else’s schedule.
    • Prefer writing about personal topics. You may lose your creative drive if the subject isn’t meaningful to you. If so, try taking an angle that allows you to write about your feelings on the topic. If you’re an INFP technical writer, look for ways to connect with readers by anticipating and meeting their needs.
    • Have a keen insight into the nature of things. Their prose often conveys startling images of mood or atmosphere rather than objects. They enjoy complexity and can patiently unravel dense material. They are able to see many sides of an argument and so may have difficulty reaching a conclusion. During the writing process, they may often pause to consider alternatives or to seek connections between seemingly disparate things.

    source: The INFP Writing Personality: Elegant*Persuasion « Andrea J. Wenger: Write*with*Personality

  6. #26
    INFP - The Idealists

    I wrote a sort of anti-romance for NaNoWriMo just this past November. I got a couple of characters together then destroyed their relationship. The story had some promise, but since it was NaNoWriMo and I was in a hurry I executed everything crudely. I'm not sure if what I made happen is believable. And although I do have a novel I'm working on which has characters who will experience mutual attraction, I don't think of it as a romance novel, nor am I ever likely to try to write one.

    Having read a tiny sampling of fictional sex scenes and seen their ridiculousness, I have sometimes been tempted to write a story full of failed sex scenes that would be mercilessly realistic and either make the reader swear to celibacy or pee their pants laughing - even more of an anti-romance than the one I wrote in November (I didn't really get the chance to try this idea then). Although I guess that might not be anti-romance, but anti-erotica . . .
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  7. #27
    INTP - The Thinkers

    Who is Edward Cullen?
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  8. #28
    INFJ - The Protectors

    Anyone who's serious about writing a romance novel should join the Romance Writers of America (or the equivalent in your country). Writing fiction of any type requires an understanding of craft. The field is very competitive now, so schmaltz or melodrama won't get published. You need to write about fully realized characters going through realistic challenges. Romance can run the gamut from sweet to very hot, so if you don't feel comfortable writing sex scenes, then don't write them. Also, by definition, a romance novel must have an optimistic ending, so if everyone dies, it's not a romance. ;)

  9. #29
    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by CandaceAppel View Post
    Anyone who's serious about writing a romance novel should join the Romance Writers of America (or the equivalent in your country). Writing fiction of any type requires an understanding of craft. The field is very competitive now, so schmaltz or melodrama won't get published. You need to write about fully realized characters going through realistic challenges. Romance can run the gamut from sweet to very hot, so if you don't feel comfortable writing sex scenes, then don't write them. Also, by definition, a romance novel must have an optimistic ending, so if everyone dies, it's not a romance. ;)
    I completely disagree. I tend to agree with Charlie Kaufman from Adaption (great movie; watch it!) You're not supposed to follow some sort of formula (not to be confused with "formulaic plot") where this and that has to be in the novel and characters have great realizations and they grow, and for some reason you're never supposed to mix more than two genrés, and all that "show don't tell" bs as well. The only thing that is required from storytelling is that it is your own vision, and is told in a way that you want it to be told. If you want to learn how to fail as a writer and redo what has been done for ages, then go ahead and apply all the tvtropes stuff (which is like a gigantic database full of bullshit quasi-critic fail), or you can actually do your own stuff, see what other people think about it, and apply the criticisms that you actually agre with (as opposed to applying what you think you ought to agree with.)

  10. #30
    INFP - The Idealists


    If it were a tragedy


     
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