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    The Artist as a Writer

    Writing Personality: Quiet Music

    The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present
    in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.

    Michael Jackson

    ISFP writers are acutely aware of the sensations in their physical world. They are adept at conveying the feelings associated with texture, color, and sound. ISFPs want to connect with their audience on a personal level and can have difficulty writing if unsure of the audience’s expectations. Their focus on others is so strong that they may hesitate to express their own deeply held beliefs. But if they learn to trust their voice, they can communicate their gifts of quiet joy and keen perceptions to their readers.

    I: Introversion preferred to extraversion
    ISFPs get their energy from the internal world of thoughts and ideas. They enjoy interacting with small groups of people but find large groups draining. They generally reflect before acting.

    S: Sensation preferred to intuition
    ISFPs are concrete thinkers, placing more trust in past experience than in flashes of insight. They’re more interested in sensory data than in the patterns perceived by the unconscious mind. ISFPs tend to be intellectually content—they want to enjoy the world.

    F: Feeling preferred to thinking
    ISFPs prefer to use their rational feeling function when making decisions. They place more emphasis on the effect that actions have on people than they do on adhering to the impersonal rule of logic. They tend to give other people the benefit of the doubt.

    P: Perception preferred to judgment
    ISFPs like to keep their options open. They enjoy beginning new projects and exploring opportunities as they arise. ISFPs think in terms of possibilities rather than likelihoods.



    Writing Process of the ISFP
    ISFPs may approach a writing project in the following ways:

    • Want clear instructions and a personal connection with their audience. You may find it helpful to see an example of what your editor, instructor, or project sponsor expects. Even if you don’t want to imitate this model, it will give you a concrete starting point.
    • Benefit from first-hand experience of their subject. Immersing yourself in the sensory experience of a place or an object helps you understand it and capture its essence.
    • Engage in a physical activity before writing to unlock their creativity. If the topic is abstract or impersonal, reflect on its tangible implications, particularly its effect on people or animals. This connection may help motivate you through the project.
    • Enjoy writing about the natural world. Focusing on a sensation, such as fragrance or flavor, can open a pathway into the subject matter. Look for ways to relate the topic to your personal experience. Think about the feelings that the experience evoked.

    Potential Blind Spots of the ISFP
    ISFPs may experience the following pitfalls:

    • May gather too much information if they don’t have a clear sense of direction. If you feel overwhelmed, ask for help or talk to a trusted friend. Connect the topic to your values. Write without inhibition and let your voice shine. Remember, your drafts are for your eyes only. They’re the roughstone from which you sculpt the finished product.
    • Can become blocked by criticism or by discord in their environment. Try writing in a quiet, outdoor space, where you can release your stress and immerse yourself in the natural world. Meditation or yoga may also help. Isolate yourself from negativity and listen to the music of your own thoughts and feelings.
    • Feel paralyzed if expectations are too vague or too rigid. Seek clarification where possible, or find a mentor who can offer advice and serve as a model. Consider how your writing can help people in practical ways.
    • May focus more on correctness than on content. Don’t be afraid to take a stand. Recognize that your insights are unique—most people lack your sensitivity. Consult a close writer friend to ensure that your points are logically developed and organized.

    Source: The ISFP Writing Personality: Quiet*Music | Andrea J. Wenger: Write*with*Personality



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    ISFP - The Artists

    as an artist my main and most powerful outlet is writing. I am considered a strong writer who can produce excellent writing through heavy descriptions and impressive plots/characterizations. I do not have any other outlet as an artist that I am satisfied with.
    As for Blind spots, I've long since gotten over the first, relying on instinct over advice, instead reading old masters who've gone before. The same with the second blind spot. I've developed my ability to write in any location. I bring a notebook with me everywhere. I once wrote a short story about a woman changing her personality at a Church leadership camp.
    Paralyzed feelings are brief for me. Generally they last when I'm doing something for the long haul. But time heals all
    Content is the one thing I am truly good at. I weave in correctness of prose to my stories, so that each word could have several important meanings every time I type one out. I don't really consult until editing.

    pretty good article, and I hope to see more ISFPs write.

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    @Kurganvol

    I never read much (childhood trauma reading in public) however my ex got me to write a few years ago and I was surprisingly good at it. I have often wondered if I should do it as a hobby. Why do you write? I need a reason, motivation.
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    As far as the blind spots go:

    1. I used to really overdo it on gathering information for a particular project.
    There were endless options to consider. Eventually I developed my own cultured sense of ideal aesthetics.
    I had clear direction, focus, and once obtained, executed things with a certain accomplishment and finality.
    It felt wonderful.

    2. I don't pay mind to certain blind criticisms and even certain constructive criticisms for worry of contamination of my own originality.
    3. I can feel overwhelmed when there's a deadline but I also recognize it pushes me, and that sort of pressure refines me and keeps me focused.
    4. Haven't worried about correctness lol.
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    ISFP - The Artists

    Writing for me truly means everything... I mean, I keep a journal and write what I can never say... I have deep emotions that just cannot be understood to most people.
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