I think that a writer complaining about having to promote oneself despite being an introvert is a cop out.
I’m not surprised that most writers are introverted. It is a job where one spends a great deal of time alone. In the long-run, it’s probably a benefit.
But I see being a people-person as being more of a facet of one’s personality. It’s almost like a muscle. It must be stretched and worked and then you’ll end up with something more.
My greatest achievement in my three years of university isn’t learning to live on my own, much less my degree – such as things stand at the moment.
It’s strengthening my people-person muscle to the point where most of the people I know think I’m pretty extroverted.
After all, I’m always out and about, and the first to accept an invitation to head out with people.
Sometimes, I over-extend myself. In which case, I grit my teeth and get on with it if I have to, and cancel if I can.
I wasn’t going to post this today. I had something else in mind.
I think Reisman has a point. I think on average, it’s better to be an extrovert than an introvert if you want to achieve something that requires a great deal of public (defined as other than friends & family) approval.
At least, it just might be easier.