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Writing Personality: Rational Curiosity
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
Albert Einstein

INTP writers are curious and analytical. They enjoy technical subjects and seek to categorize information into an orderly system. With their insatiable appetite for knowledge, they may prefer research to writing. Objective and logical, they like to solve problems but tend to have little interest in ideas that can’t be proven.

I: Introversion preferred to extraversion
INTPs 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.
N: iNtuition preferred to sensation
INTPs are abstract thinkers, placing more trust in flashes of insight than in experience. They’re less interested in sensory data than in the patterns perceived by the unconscious mind. INTPs tend to be intellectually restless—they want to change the world.
T: Thinking preferred to feeling
INTPs prefer to use their thinking function when making decisions. They place more emphasis on the rule of logic than on the effect that actions have on people. They tend to be skeptical in evaluating ideas, whether their own or someone else’s.
P: Perception preferred to judgment
INTPs like to keep their options open. They enjoy beginning new projects and exploring opportunities as they arise. INTPs think in terms of possibilities rather than likelihoods.

Writing Process of the INTP
INTPs may approach a writing project in the following ways:

  • Often regard a writing project as an opportunity to learn something new. They may start by gathering a wide variety of facts, then classifying them according to an underlying principle. They enjoy writing about abstract ideas and theories. One idea may quickly suggest another. You may need to limit your topic during the planning stage to keep it from becoming unwieldy.
  • Prefer to work independently in a quiet environment. They like the flexibility of setting their own goals. They may spend long hours on a project if the subject engages them, becoming deeply invested in the outcome. Remember to keep the audience in mind to help ensure that your writing is as interesting to them as it is to you.
  • Tend to be good at organizing ideas and weeding out logical inconsistency. They have a natural propensity for clarifying the complex. But they will likely need to make a conscious effort to include the personal dimensions of a topic. During revision, look for places where you can add examples or anecdotes, if appropriate, to illustrate the facts. This engages the reader and brings theoretical principles to life.
  • Are motivated by their search for knowledge. They are unconventional thinkers with little regard for the common way of doing things. If you’re an INTP, chances are, formulas like “Top 5 Reasons Your Blog Should Have a Top 5 List” won’t appeal to you. Instead, you strive to surpass the ordinary.
Potential Blind Spots of the INTP
INTPs may experience the following pitfalls:

  • Like complex, theoretical subjects. They tend to have a wide vocabulary and to use it in their writing. They sometimes make intuitive leaps that are unclear to their audience. To enhance readability, illustrate connections even if they seem obvious to you. Choose the simplest word that communicates an idea accurately. To ensure that your message is clear, ask for feedback from someone you trust.
  • Enjoy seeking knowledge for its own sake. Once they’ve solved the puzzle, however, INTPs can lose interest in writing about what they’ve learned. You may find that it’s best to begin drafting even while you’re conducting your research. Treat the writing itself as a problem to solve. This may keep you energized until the project is complete.
  • Can become blocked if they can’t find opportunities to make their unique ideas heard. If a writing assignment seems restrictive to you, challenge yourself to find a way to work within the system while still expressing your ingenuity. Instead of turning cynical, use your dry sense of humor.
Source: The INTP Writing Personality: Rational*Curiosity | Andrea J. Wenger: Write*with*Personality

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I can really relate to seeing writing as an opportunity to learn something new.

Like, I have this story idea that involves Romani (gypsy) culture, the migration period to North America, and Italian society around the same period. I want to make sure my ideas have historical accuracy so of course, I have to do LOTS of research. And then research for my research. Although, it is kind of fun trying to balance historical accuracy with artistic liberties. I'm seriously bouncing in my chair, excited about the idea of looking up all this stuff on Romani culture and trying to tie it in with how it affects my character's actions, their motives, their dilemmas, their connections, their interactions, etc. And even major elements such as plot and character development. It's the first story I've ever attempted in a real world setting and I'm really wondering if I should do these types of setting more often.

I usually lean more toward abstract, fantastical settings or elements i.e. a factory producing "music" which is metaphor for something bigger. Something about it feels more open-range I guess. I have room to develop in whatever direction whereas in "real-world setting" stories, you're limited to the events that happened and there's no changing it. (I guess you could do a story in a hypothetical alt timeline based off some historical event never happening.)
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