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    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    Well, I've always heard that NF's were good with writing/language, and NT's were really only good at analysis and science. But if I can understand computers, I guess you can write.

    Why don't you show us a sample of what sort of things you plan to write, and we'll tell you if it's any good or not?
    OR, she can decide to do it without caring about our opinion
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    Quote Originally Posted by Usehername View Post
    OR, she can decide to do it without caring about our opinion
    Yes, and that's what I would have done if I were thinking about whether to become a writer or not. I only responded that way because it sounded like she wanted other people's input before making a decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    Well, I've always heard that NF's were good with writing/language, and NT's were really only good at analysis and science. But if I can understand computers, I guess you can write.

    Why don't you show us a sample of what sort of things you plan to write, and we'll tell you if it's any good or not?
    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    Yes, and that's what I would have done if I were thinking about whether to become a writer or not. I only responded that way because it sounded like she wanted other people's input before making a decision.
    Athenian200, I appreciate your offer, but I'm not asking for advice as to whether I'm a good writer. I think both NFs and NTs can make excellent writers, although they often choose to write about different topics and have very different styles. Some of my favorite writers are INTJs.

    I should have been more clear - I simply want to see if there are any real-life INTJs in the forum who have chosen a career in writing, and what they like/don't like about their career.

    I'm really intrigued after reading through some of the postings. It seems boredom with careers is a very common INTJ (and INTP?) issue. We tend to try something for a while, get bored, and want to learn something else. I know there are several INTJs in this forum looking for their next career (probably most of us, since we're always on the lookout for something better! ). Maybe we could all collaborate by answering a few questions about our career search: (examples follow -feel free to add your own)

    1) How many different careers have you had in your life? Which was your favorite? Least favorite?

    2) How often do you typically change careers? Do you usually go back to school between careers?

    3) Has anyone out there found a career which keeps them continually interested? And you've worked at this job for at least a few years? What do you like so much about this job?

    4) What careers would you encourage (or discourage) other INTJs from considering based on your experience? Why?

    Hopefully we can all get some good ideas and it will be interesting to compare the results. Thanks to all for your input!

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    I chose a career in writing. Well, in journalism if that counts.
    Unfortunately, I have another semester until I graduate with my degree and while I was in school for it the industry kind of collapsed.
    However, the reason I chose journalism (one of the reasons anyway), is because I have always written fiction (since I was 12) almost compulsively. Granted that's slowed down a lot since I've been in school. But whether it's news or fiction, I love writing/language (and also computers, Athenian ).
    What I have learned about a career in writing fiction (I used to want to be a novelist) is that you should not quit your day job. It is almost impossible to get published. That's no reason to give up though. If you do go this route, make sure you have a good agent. Most publishers won't look at your piece unless it comes to them through a literary agent. Also, the industry there is getting more difficult to get into because small fiction magazines don't exist anymore really, and the big magazines that used to publish fiction don't so much anymore.

    Have you looked into ghost writing, freelance journalism (not a lot of money or steady work, but a fun way to make some extra cash), or working as a translator since you have a degree in Spanish? Knowledge of another language and a literary flare make for very good translations.

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    I'm studying English and Philosophy hoping that one of my current projects will lead to some artistic success shortly after graduating--I dread fundamentally "normal" careers, and am hoping to escape having to sell myself into one to pay bills after my parents cut me off in about a year .

    I can't offer any insight insofar as achieving any kind of success with writing (or other arts) . . . but I'm building myself up for a pretty damning fall if my art proves unmarketable after I get my degree. It's meaning a lot of internal pressures, as I find myself avoiding all opportunities to "build my resume" by investing in my delusions that I'll be one of the very few who makes his/her dreams actually come true. Basically, I'm neglecting to invest myself in the common "working" world, preferring to risk everything on coming up with a solution to exist outside all regular circles of society in general.

    Like I said, I'm gonna fall pretty hard if it doesn't work out . . .

    Check back with me in 2009, I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Usehername View Post
    I think Neal Stephenson is an INTJ.
    At the risk of coming across as confrontational, I think that Stephenson is the poster boy for INTP writers. His tales touch on a variety of interconnected possibilities and tend to end on ambiguous notes. INTJ writers like Ayn Rand tend to have more a feel of "here's my point, allow me to drive it in with this hammer".
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    This is what I have read about INTJs when it comes to writing:
    INTJ's are pragmatic theoreticians who like to develop plans, designs, or theories that work in the real world—in fact they are often more interested in designing a writing project than in writing it. They often incorporate design elements, such as flow charts, diagrams, and schematic drawings in writing. As a result, their writing is the most clearly and consistently organized of all MBTI types. For INTJ's, the idea is the most important part of the message—they don’t need to "entertain" the audience.

    Below are some of the advantages and challenges INTJ's face when writing:

    Strengths
    Plan extensively.
    Like to complete writing projects quickly—never miss deadlines.
    Original thinkers with neat, orderly minds.
    Often have good ideas which they present in a clear, organized manner.

    Challenges
    May be too locked into the plan.
    Concern with speed may lead to skimpy research.
    Need more spontaneity.
    Need more audience focus—soften harsh statements or qualify assertions.

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    Tolkien, maybe? (I know some sources say INFP, though.)

    Isaac Asimov? Philip K. Dick? I'd say they were pretty N dominant, though maybe Dick was an ENTP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    Tolkien, maybe? (I know some sources say INFP, though.)

    Isaac Asimov? Philip K. Dick? I'd say they were pretty N dominant, though maybe Dick was an ENTP.
    I would definitely say Asimov was an NT and probably a J. I guess there's not much way to tell if they were E or I, other than the fact that he took the time to write many complicated books.
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    If you enjoy the foreign language thing, maybe you could try contracting out to do written translations.

    Everyone here should check out Barbara Sher's new book called "Refuse to Choose". It's about what she calls Scanners, which seem to be people like some of us who get bored with things after a while and are ready to move on, but feel bad about never sticking to anything for too long. I found it to be very insightful and no, she didn't ask me to write this promo.

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