INTJs have a natural talent when it comes to writing. Some of the most popular or influential authors in history have been typed as INTJs by MBTI enthusiasts. INTJs can even enjoy writing careers in areas like journalism, freelance writing, blogging, technical writing, creative writing, and so forth.
In this article and video, I’m going to mention a few famous INTJ writers, discuss the INTJ writing style and personality, and then I’ll give some tips on how to become a better writer.
Famous (or Budding) INTJ Writers or Authors
- Stephen King—Many people suspect that Stephen King is an INTJ. He’s one of the most well-known authors of our time, and he has published numerous best sellers, many of which have been turned into successful movies. I don’t read his novels, but I did read his book On Writing.
- Ayn Rand—This female INTJ was very interesting. I find myself being a fan of hers. She was an atheist, yet she was also very conservative politically. I agree with many of her political views. She wrote Atlas Shrugged, among other books.
- C.S. Lewis—Lewis was known for his non-fiction apologetics work in Christianity, as well as The Chronicles of Narnia fictional book series.
- Karl Marx—was an atheist and communist propagandist who wrote books such as The Communist Manifesto. His writing was so influential that many liberal textbooks still reference his ideas and work.
- Frederick Nietzsche—was an atheist philosopher who wrote books such as Beyond Good and Evil.
- Amy Suto—Is an INTJ female, and she’s pursuing a writing career. I found her blog (amysuto.com) through the internet, and she’s already written screenplays, novels, and some other things.
- Anca Ioviţă—Is another INTJ female who works as a physician by trade, but she’s also published some books such as Eat Less, Live Longer.
- Thom Rainer—He’s mostly written books about church issues, but he has published many works.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger—Even ‘Ahnold’ has written some very good books on bodybuilding. I’m not totally sold on his INTJ typing (he gives me a bit of an extroverted vibe), but it’s possible he’s one of us.
- Jane Austen and Emily Brontë are often considered to be INTJs.
INTJ Writing Style
Here are a few observations that I’ve made about the INTJ writing style.
- INTJs write with authority. They have a commanding writing voice that can be very persuasive. Even though I loathe the work of Karl Marx, I’ll readily admit that he was a great propagandist for his cause. (You’d have to be great at writing to fool so many people into believing in the foolishness of communism).
- INTJs are concise and clean in their sentence structure. They cut right to the point. One of the great benefits in starting an INTJ YouTube channel has been the fact that the comments are so coherent.
- INTJs may write lengthy articles, comments, or emails. They will think of every “what if” and cover it in great detail.
- INTJs write with organized structure. Our introverted thinking helps us connect abstract concepts and ideas, but our extroverted thinking helps us organize those thoughts in a structured way. Ideas and paragraphs flow together seamlessly in a logical order.
- INTJs have witty humor topped with sarcasm and irony. They can also skewer you with their criticisms and words. Martin Luther wrote his famous “95 Theses” and supposedly nailed it to the door, which sparked the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation.
- INTJs may write for a period, then get up and pace around, and then write some more. Pacing around and having imaginary debates helps us process our ideas.
- INTJs often state the conclusion first, and then explain their thought process point-by-point, all while backing it up with facts, evidence, or logical arguments. We’ll show you exactly why we’re right and you’re wrong!
- INTJs often use parentheses. A commenter a my YouTube channel (Evenstar) pointed this fact out. I have noticed that I use parentheses often while writing.
- INTJs can be secretive with their writing. Some INTJs have commented to me before, and they’ve talked about how private they are about their personal writings. They will write articles or books, yet have a hard time allowing others to read their work. They may use various pseudonyms to protect their identity.
- INTJs do well in grammar or literature courses, and they often put forth little effort to get good grades in such courses. Some INTJs have commented to me about writing papers at the last minute and receiving an “A.”
Here’s how my writing process works: I often like to form a general outline. Then, as I’m writing, my intuition will connect ideas to other ideas, and I’ll jot those down on a scrap sheet of paper. I might develop a new argument or gain new insight while writing. Then, I go back and structure everything to ensure that it flows logically. If I have the time, I will also try to revise sentences or edit my work.
Even though I can become somewhat of a perfectionist, I rarely edit the articles on this INTJ site (other than a quick spelling check). It’s just a hobby, and I don’t have the time. I apologize for any errors.
INTJ Writing Tips
As an INTJ, you likely have a natural talent for writing, and you’ll probably do a lot of it throughout your career. Here are a few tips:
- Learn the grammar rules. I didn’t pay that much attention to grammar during school, so I still suffer from the occasional grammar hiccup. However, I’d advise younger INTJs to pay attention in your grammar and language courses. If you’re in college, you might want to consider taking an extra course or two on things like creative writing, grammar, critical writing, or something along those lines. Books like The Chicago Manual of Style can help you learn some “best practices” for writing, punctuation, citations, and so forth.
- Write what you know. You’re going to be a better writer if you write about the things you know well. If you’re writing a novel, include a setting that is familiar to you, or include emotions you’ve felt or dialogue that you’ve witnessed. By writing about things you know, you’ll be able to recall subtle details that will lend a strong level of authenticity to your work.
- Read what you write. A secret of many best-selling authors is that they never stop reading! Nicholas Sparks reads hundreds of books per year. Stephen King reads tons of books. If you want to write fiction, read fiction. If you want to write nonfiction, read nonfiction. If you consistently read well-written books related to your area of interest, you’ll be able to identify plots, structures, and writing styles that you can use as a foundation as you’re developing your own unique writing style.
- Write with passion. I used to hate writing papers when I was in school. I would cringe every time the teacher assigned some absurd writing project or essay topic, because it was always about something dull. However, I later discovered that when I wrote about something I wanted to write about, I could write thousands of words per day. There have been days that I’ve probably written 5,000-6,000 words. So write about topics you find interesting, and your writing will be enjoyable.
- Practice the craft. Writing is hard work, and it’s a craft. You have to practice the craft. Seek out critiques from friends and family. Keep practicing, and find a good editor. You will overlook errors in your own writing because you know what you’re trying to say, but those same errors will pop out at an editor or critic.
- Use your intuition. As you write, stop and allow abstract concepts or ideas connect within your internal framework. You may have random connections or insights develop as your write. This can make your writing more compelling and interesting. Stephen King rarely uses outlines for his novels. He likes to form a general concept of a story (example: Pet Semetary), and then he’ll explore the details of the story as they emerge. Perhaps his introverted intuition allows him to write with twists and turns.
- Use your extroverted thinking. Use your extroverted thinking function to structure, organize, and condense your points. Check your assumptions and ideas for logical accuracy and consistency.
- Use your introverted feeling to draw upon your deep well of personal values or beliefs, and to relate a more sentimental approach (as needed).
- Use your extroverted sensing to observe sensory information that you can incorporate into your novels. Many popular novels will describe the sensory details of scenes or objects for pages upon pages. I have noticed that I like to stick with technical, argumentative, or informative writing, because it doesn’t deal so much with sensory descriptions.
INTJ Writing Conclusion
In conclusion, INTJs often have a natural talent for the written word. The contemplative and solitary nature of writing provides a good fit for the INTJ’s introverted personality. INTJs can write with a strong, authoritative voice, and they can be very persuasive. They can also argue points with a fierce combination of logic and sarcasm.