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When you’re a writer, being an introvert is a natural, accepted quality. Actually, it’s encouraged, even celebrated.
I am not a scientist, and I am not going to go on a tangent in which I cite studies, but I can safely say that to the creative brain, the act of chiseling mental chaos into a well-crafted image releases the pressure valve like nothing else. Go too long without that release, and your head is at risk of exploding.