A recent article in the New York Times discusses the connection between a novelty-seeking personality trait and well being and success.
As I read, my heart began to sink. Though I do not like being stuck in a rut and avoid boredom at all costs, my personality could hardly be described as impulsive.
I’m not spontaneous; I’m a planner. On the Myers-Briggs personality scale, my “J” reading is pretty darn strong.
As the Queen of Irrational Fear and Worry, how could I possibly be known as a risk taker?
Does this mean I will not be successful?
(see, worry . . .)
Ah, but wait!
There is an area of my life where I take many risks. I free fall and dance naked in the moonlight. There is a place I can be completely impulsive and drop from the sky to ski down a cliff face.
My writing of course.
I plan and think about plot and direction. I ask the important questions: What do my characters want? Yet, another part of the writing is reckless. Free.
“Let’s do this and see what happens.”
I can try things in my writing I could never do in my everyday life.
When I don’t like what I’m writing, I most often find my challenges originate from my need to play it safe. Insecurity.
Only when I take a running leap from the mountaintop and scream in delight all the way down I find the magic.
Spontaneity = exhilaration. Can you feel the adrenaline rush?