The INFJ writing struggle.
It’s easy getting things on paper. It’s tough reading back what you wrote on paper and realising it’s not nearly as clear as it was in your head.
Your mind is filled with words and images that work together to form a story. It feels full, heavy and chaotic. They all work together to bring out a feeling but then how do you translate this jumbled up mess to paper and bring that feeling with you?
Writing for an INFJ is a desperate attempt to drag out the words and images one by one and hope in the end they tug with them the feeling. You want the relief of a quieter mind and a lighter heart.
Once the paper is filled, you go back and try and piece it all together. See if it makes sense. See if anyone will get the exact feeling that you worked so hard dragging into the paper.
You want someone else to read and FEEL.
Feel exactly as you did. Understand that this is more than writing prose, that’s filled with allegories, and exciting vocabulary, that has beautiful structure and flow.
It’s more than craving the recognition of being a good writer. You want that too but you want more than anything that someone will walk away from it feeling like they know you a little better.
You want someone to understand, above all else.
You want someone to say they get it and they’ve been there before.
You’re looking to turn readers into confidants and friends.
It might not be the greatest piece ever written, or the most extensively researched, but it will carry heart.
Because all you do is see the jumbled chaos of words, images, and memories in your head that mash up together to form a feeling, your writing is likely to include images, memes, emojis and sidebars.
You’re likely to turn the writing into a joke at the point you start feeling like it’s getting broody and gloomy.
To all other writers who feel this way. Put it out there and go into turtle mode if necessary. You deserve a shot at making sense of your senses.