10 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger ENFP Self

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Yes you have half the attention span and double the mood swings of everyone else you know – but these are both simply quirks of your personality that you’ll learn to manage with time. It’s also a product of being surrounded by people who perceive the world using an entirely different set of cognitive functions than you do – once you start meeting likeminded people and working at something you love, your moods will even out and your attention span will magically spring into existence. Funny how that works!

2. There are other people out there who feel things as strongly as you do.

The intense passion that you bring to everything you love is not unique to you. There are millions of people out there who experience the world with all of the depth, intensity and passion that you do. It’s just…

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25 Struggles Only ENFPs Will Understand


The struggle is real, my friends.

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

ENFPs are passion-driven ‘ideas’ people. They gain energy from interacting with the world around them, and become quickly excited over new possibilities. Though ENFPs loves being around people, they crave alone time much more than the average extrovert. ENFPs search for a deeper meaning in just about everything, and use their much-coveted alone time to decide how their experiences fit in with their system of core values. To be frank, it’s an exhausting personality to have. Here are a few struggles most ENFPs face.

1. Getting your energy from social interaction, but disliking superficial conversations. Yes, I want to go to a party tonight. But a party full of contemplative people who want to alternate between taking shots and discussing the meaning of life.

2. Being very socially conscience but also fiercely individualistic. This means always wanting to fit in with a group, but never wanting to compromise your personality…

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Summer Reading: A Recap

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, summer is officially over. Unless you live on the gulf coast, that is. We get a good two more months of 90 degree+ weather. And, of course, massive A/C bills.

So if you’re looking for some more awesome reads to snuggle up with next to the A/C vent, I read some amazing books this summer that are worth sharing. Here’s my summer reading recap:

1. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

A beautiful story told by two amazing main characters like you’ve never read before. Amy has cerebral palsy and speaks with the help of a computer, Matthew has OCD and is constantly performing rituals to cope with his fears. Their relationship builds and bends and twists in the most wonderful and unexpected ways. This book totally gave me the feels.



2. Pointe by Brandy Colbert



This book is about so much more than a ballet dancer. A missing best friend. A past relationship with an older guy. An eating disorder. Cleo has a lot to deal with, but the author balances them all so well in this compelling and thoughtful story of healing.



3. Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

I can’t tell you too much about this book without MAJOR SPOILERS, but if you’re into unreliable narrators, this one’s for you. And the writing is just….



Grab these for some great reads this fall (whatever that is) and happy reading, friends!






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The ENFP Writing Personality: Imaginative Voice


I’m a Myers-Briggs junkie, and an ENFP to the core. There are tons of NF writers out there, the idealists. I meet them all the time. It’s a personality that lends itself well to story-telling. With a strong sense of empathy, jumping into someone else’s shoes to tell a story comes naturally to idealists. But so many of these idealist writers I meet are introverts. Sometimes it can feel like I’m the lone extrovert.
I love to talk out my material with other writers. When I’m stuck, it’s the only thing that helps. Which can be tough in a community full of so many introverts, but we’re out there…taking over the conversation at your cocktail parties, friending you on facebook hours after we meet (I’m not a stalker, I swear! I’m just friendly!), and calling you up to meet for drinks or coffee or lunch or anything just please come hang out with meeeee!
Knowing how my personality plays into my writing process has been a great help. I know sometimes I have to reign in my enthusiasm so I won’t get burnt out, and sometimes I have to kick myself in the butt so I won’t lose steam. It’s a tricky balance.

Originally posted on Write with Personality:

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
—Charles Dickens

Are you curious about how your personality might affect your writing style?

ENFP writers are creative souls with an ear for language. They find abundant inspiration in the world around them. But they can lose steam quickly if the topic is dull, which can lead to procrastination and missed deadlines. If you’re an ENFP, you’ll likely find that talking about the topic with others can help you maintain your interest and discover new approaches. Too much isolation can make writing a chore.

The ENFP personality type is one of 16 identified by Isabel Myers and her mother, Katharine Briggs. Myers and Briggs are the original authors of what is now known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a popular psychometric instrument used to determine how people prefer to gather information and make decisions. The initials

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21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors

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A lot of people think they can write or paint or draw or sing or make movies or what-have-you, but having an artistic temperament doth not make one an artist.

Even the great writers of our time have tried and failed and failed some more. Vladimir Nabokov received a harsh rejection letter from Knopf upon submitting Lolita, which would later go on to sell fifty million copies. Sylvia Plath’s first rejection letter for The Bell Jar read, “There certainly isn’t enough genuine talent for us to take notice.” Gertrude Stein received a cruel rejection letter that mocked her style. Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way earned him a sprawling rejection letter regarding the reasons he should simply give up writing all together. Tim Burton’s first illustrated book, The Giant Zlig, got the thumbs down from Walt Disney Productions, and even Jack Kerouac’s perennial On the Road received a particularly blunt…

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Could You Point Me To the Real Literature Shelf?


I love Shellie’s thoughts on It-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Linked. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every bookstore thought to do a little more shelf-crossing? I think we all like to be surprised by something we may not have known we’d love. I found some of my favorite books that way.

And it would be pretty great to trick some of the haters into realizing how truly awesome YA books can be!

Originally posted on An Exaltation of Larks:

Like most young-adult fiction writers I know, I spent a good deal of last week thinking about a certain Slate article that claims adults should be embarrassed for reading YA fiction. Hereto that article shall be known as It-Which-Must-Not-Be-Linked.

Many writers and readers have already pointed out the flaws in the piece, for instance, that the author makes sweeping generalizations about the YA genre. Or that genre-shaming is frequently aimed at books for women and children. (And, for that matter, written by women.) That adults can benefit from reading about teen-age experiences. That marketing, rather than quality, defines what is or isn’t YA. And, of course, that no one should be telling anyone what to read.

And then there’s my favorite response to the idea that adults should be embarrassed by what they read:


It’s not like we haven’t had this dust up before…

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3 Tools To Help Writers Stay Motivated This Summer

There’s something about the end of the school year, kids graduating and going off to make their start in the world, that makes me feel like starting something new. For some reason, the month of May was just brutal. I barely ever got my butt in the chair. So, for this summer, I wanted to set some new goals. And STICK TO THEM. It’s easier said than done, but it CAN be done. Whether you’ve written twenty books, or you’re just sitting down to write your first novel, we all need a little help making sure our butt stays in that chair, and our hands on that keyboard.

1. Scrivener

You may already be using this amazing software, but if you’re not, chances are you’ve got research saved in twenty different places on your computer, plot notes scattered between notebooks, and your draft in pieces across different word documents. You might be wary of spending money on another word processor, but trust me when I say that it is SO MUCH MORE than that! One of my favorite ways to use Scrivener is to add character or setting sketches with photos. It really helps to have that image to look at when I’m stuck, and I can let my setting and characters inspire me to keep going.

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I also love to use the Session Targets feature. You just type away and watch that little bar go from red to green. It excites me way more than I’d like to admit…

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There are sooooo many more features. It’s been the best purchase I’ve made since I started writing. Go to Literature and Latte for more information on Scrivener. They even have a 30 day free trial.

2. MyWriteClub

Speaking of motivating little green bars, MyWriteClub is a site where you can also track your progress. BUT there’s much, much more to it than that! You can track multiple projects, and not just word counts. It lets you pick from various unit of measure, depending on your task: words, chapters, pages, percent, to-do items. I’ve used it to track pages edited, books I’ve read, manuscripts I’ve critiqued…the possibilities are endless.
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Clearly, I’ve got some work to do.

But even better–and this is the thing that makes it SUPER motivating–is the social aspect. Add friends, keep up with their progress, motivate them by writing comments on their updates. There’s nothing better than opening up your page to find comments like this:
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The site was created by the husband of a lovely writer friend of mine (shout out to Kayla Olson! Check out her blog here!) who is obsessed with charts and data and all that fun stuff. I’ve really loved using it! You can sign up for My Write Club here. If you do join, make sure to add me as your friend! My username is SharonMorse. I don’t bite. Promise. (I mean, if you’re waving a Cheeto around in the air, you might lose a few fingers, but then who’s fault was that??)

3. Camp Nanowrimo

I’m sure you’ve all heard of National Novel Writing Month, which comes around once a year in November (the absolute most inconvenient month of the year, I might add. But I still do it anyway for some crazy reason). The point is to get 50,000 words onto the page in 30 days time. Well, Camp Nanowrimo, Nano’s less popular cousin (kinda like I was at summer camp), takes place starting this July. It’s a little different than Nano. You have the option to be sorted into “cabins” either with some of your friends and people you don’t know, or with a bunch of random strangers you’ve never heard of. JUST LIKE REAL SUMMER CAMP! Except, no one wets the bed. Hopefully.
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You can sign up for Camp Nanowrimo here.  I should be wrapped up with my current revision soon and ready to start my new project, so I think I’m going to participate this year too! Break out the ‘mallows!



You’re killin’ me, Smalls.

I hope some of these tools will be helpful to you! I’ve got some lofty goals this summer, and I plan on using these to help me reach them. Here’s to a summer full of words on the page!
Happy Writing!