Just What Kind Of Writer Is The ENTJ?
I decided to use MBTI as a system of trying to help new writers find their voice and style. If you don’t know what the MBTI is or you need a quick overview click for my intro article here.
I think that personality has a big influence on writing, understanding your personality will be key to understanding how to come across to others. There are many writers who have become popular based on the personality of their writing style, this is often referred to as voice. A writer’s voice can be incredibly magnetic and engaging.
Think about it like this, if you were stuck on a long bus ride with someone you’d rather them be interesting enough to listen to or boring enough to lull you to sleep. You never want to be in the middle. Writers will die by being lost in the pack. How should you stand out? By understanding what makes you unique, what is your flavor or style. Understanding this as a new writer will help you understand what kind of audience to attract, and what kind of things to write.
I am absolutely not saying that you should base your entire writing career in a multiple choice personality test. In fact there could be incredible value in doing exactly the opposite of what you’re comfortable with. For new writers, however, it’s best to learn to walk before you run.
Please use this as a guide to suggest a direction and don’t take this as gospel.
Note: For the MBTI experts.
I am not breaking type down by cognitive functions, or even the letters. I think these things are nuts and bolts details that are for those interested, not everyone. Type descriptions should be fluid and comprehensive to better understand the whole archetype of character.
The ENTJ personality type can be defined in one word: enterprising.
They are actively collecting information and facts to immediately apply these things to the real world.
To the ENTJ the world is categorized in facts, and they are constantly studying the world to understand it.
One way to recognize this type is to see how they communicate with others, it is usually factual information or instructions and with little to no emotional information.
Examples of famous celebrities:
Bill Gates, George Clooney, Hannah Frye, Regina King
What kind of writer are they?
These writers gravitate to nonfiction but can write fiction. They typically write about people who are active and ambitious.
They make very good journalists as well.
More developed ENTJs tend to be very active social activists or political commentators.
Advice to the writer:
This writer will love to write about people who want to accomplish big things or go on exotic adventures and they will tend to overlook the simpler and slower elements to life that many people enjoy.
They should meet someone who will help them understand the value of having a home to go to and what it’s like to dedicate themselves to their community.
The ENTJ is ambitious and tends to have big dreams for themselves. However they should consider that there is more to life than adventure and accomplishment, connecting with friends and family can lead to happiness as well.