Still Quiet

In an earlier post I mentioned that I’m reading Susan Cain’s Book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. I’m taking my time with this one; I’m enjoying the read and I’m learning a lot.

Since starting the book I find myself feeling  justified–even proud of my quiet nature. I’ve been able to sit in a group and not feel compelled to speak up until I have something I really want to say. I’ve been more observant of people, and I’ve begun to appreciate and understand the behavior of other like–and unlike–personalities.

I’m more likely to take extra time with someone quiet to get their perspective. I’m also more inclined fiercely guard times of solitude because I know I need that time in order to recharge my emotional batteries.

I came across a manifesto at the book’s author, Susan Cain’s, The Power of Introverts website and thought I’d share a few of my favorite points with you.

1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

8. But in the long run, staying true to your temperament is the key to finding work you love and work that matters.

9. Everyone shines, given the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight, for others, a lamplit desk.

11. It’s OK to cross the street to avoid making small talk.

12. “Quiet leadership” is not an oxymoron.

Good points, right?

Oh yes, I’m also using the book to help with character sketches I’m working on for my next book–fiction this time. One of the characters is a hard-core introverted writer–nothing like me at all. 🙂


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Linda, this sounds like a fascinating journey you’ve embarked on . . . not only what you’re gaining from this book but also branching into writing some fiction. I wish you well in both!

    1. Thank you Sherrey! I’m trying not to get too immersed in the new project just yet. There will be plenty of time when I retire I hope!

    2. Thank you, Sherrey!

  2. Dear Linda, I’m going to look for this book on the library’s website.

    And what a good idea–to use it to help you craft characters. Are your characters presenting themselves to you? Are you in the midst of plotting the novel? I find this so interesting. Peace.

    1. The characters are presenting, Dee. I am trying very hard not to get caught up in this new project too much just yet though. I’ve decided to make this a character-driven work so I’m not getting hung up on plot just yet…the plan is to flesh out the characters and then put them together and see what happens! That said, I have some ideas for storyline in the back of my mind too though.

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