I was recently urged by my friends to take the the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, otherwise known as a really long and extensive personality test. I have been told that I needed to take it for a while, so one night when my friends and I were watching a movie, I decided to try my luck. I scored a ENFJ—or Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling, and Judging. Does this tell you a little bit more about me?
Apparently, my test results did not surprise any of my friends. I am a talkative person who enjoys spending time with others, after I get all my work done in advance, of course. I enjoy making plans and following them to the letter. But how does this affect the way I write?
It’s practically impossible for me to write off of an outline. I just can’t do it. While I’m a planner in every other field, I’m a pantser when it comes to putting words down on paper (or, a word document). I find a lot of what I write is incredibly fickle. I get drawn in by a certain phrase or story idea, and it echoes around in my brain until I sit down and write out my thoughts. More times than not, I write from scene to scene, and never in chronological order. I often form entire stories around one or two action points, or maybe even from staring at a certain picture for hours on end.
I think the main reason this happens is because of my poetry-centric mind. I like to write in short bursts, but make large impacts based off those tidbits of writing. My writing is temperamental, the complete opposite of my mind. It can prove to be frustrating, even at the best of times.
What kind of writer are you? Are you a planner, or a pantser? Do you prefer writing extensive outlines and going off that, or do you go with the flow of words like me?