These are some ideas for writing topics, however, we accept articles that are not about these topics, too:
1. What don’t people see or understand about you as an introvert or HSP when they look at you or interact with you? What do you wish they knew?
2. Describe a moment a stranger, friend, or coworker judged you over something related to your introversion or high sensitivity. How did you respond or how do you wish you had responded? See an example here.
3. Are there challenges to being in or finding a relationship as an introvert or HSP? If so, describe a moment when you faced a relationship challenge related to your temperament. How are you learning to cope with the hurdles that come up?
4. Describe a challenging moment you experienced related to your introversion or highly sensitive nature that could be resolved by a policy change or cultural shift in our schools or workplaces. What specific changes would you like to see made? See an example here.
5. We’re always looking for articles about the introverted Myers-Briggs personality types. We consider submissions about all the introverted types, but right now, we especially need articles about ISFJs, ISTJs, ISFPs, ISTPs, and INTPs (we don’t get enough submissions about these types!). Check out two great examples of personality type articles here and here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes a strong article?
The most popular articles on Introvert, Dear have these things in common:
- They are deeply honest and personal. They don’t dance around the details or include vague references to the author’s experiences. They include strong examples and paint a vivid picture that other introverts and highly sensitive people can relate to.
- They dig beneath the surface. The advice isn’t oversimplified or clichéd; it’s insightful, empowering readers to understand their introverted or highly sensitive nature on a deeper level.
- The article builds to a clear message/lesson for readers, something that might evoke an “A ha” moment for them.
- When applicable, they’re practical and actionable. Not all articles need a list of things to do—in fact, some are more powerful without one. But when the topic warrants clear action steps, the article delivers.
- They have a strong, clear connection to introversion, high sensitivity, or personality type.
- They avoid stereotypes and blanket statements about introverts.
Do you pay for submissions?
Not at this time, because we just don’t have the budget for it. However, we see about 800,000 page views a month and have over 260,000 followers on social media, so publishing an article is a great way to start building up your name as a writer or get exposure for your book, business, or website. It’s also an opportunity to make your voice heard and connect with other introverts.
Can I republish my submission on my own website?
Absolutely! We also accept submissions that have previously been published on your own website or blog. However, if we run your article on Introvert Dear, we retain the rights to that content, which means we ask that you not republish your article through, say, a Huffington Post blogger account or another major website.
How long should my article be?
Aim for 900 to 1,100 words.
Can I include links within the piece?
Sure! Please include links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader – they can be to appropriate posts on your site or on any other news site or blog. When you can link to other posts on Introvert, Dear, that makes us happy, too. No affiliate links.
Insert links in your article via anchor text or keywords, for example, like this if you’re writing about an introvert hangover. No HTML, please.
Are there any style guidelines I should keep in mind?
Yes! They are:
- Where possible, include numbered lists, bullets, and subheadings.
- Remember that for online writing, clarity and easy reading are key.
- Use casual, everyday words rather than academic or formal language. Avoid overly promotional language.
- When applicable, include expert advice. Link to a study or expert source to help prove your point.
- We allow the use of “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun.
- We spell “extrovert” and “extroversion” with an “o” not an “a.” Although both spellings are correct, “extravert” is generally used in the literature of psychology, while “extrovert” is the most prominent spelling in the United States today and the principal spelling in standard dictionaries.
- Because we’re based in the U.S., we use American spellings (for example, “color” instead of “colour”).
Are there certain topics you avoid?
Yep. We generally reject pieces that give oversimplified or generic advice. Make sure your article really provides value to the reader; you could do this by sharing your personal insights, citing studies/research, or providing expert advice.
Should I write a headline?
Please do! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style, or just to make it more attention-grabbing. But if you want to suggest one, that makes our job easier.
Will you edit my post?
We’ll edit for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your voice. You’ll be able to see our edits in your Google Doc.
What should I write for my author bio?
Author bios can be fun and casual, or they can showcase what makes you an expert in your field. To get a better sense of what to write, check out some of the author bios on this site. Aim for 3-5 sentences.
What about my headshot?
Our system uses your email to grab your headshot from Gravatar, so make sure your photo is uploaded there. Important: Make sure the email address you give us is the same address associated with your Gravatar account. Otherwise we won’t be able to access your photo.
How will I know if my article is published?
We’ll email you if we plan to publish it. Please be aware that it can take up to two weeks to review your article. Also, unfortunately, we can’t publish every article we receive. Please don’t take us turning down your story as us saying it doesn’t have value. We have a small editorial team currently, but we hope to one day have a spot on the site for every story we receive.
What should I do after my article is published?
Share it with everyone! Sharing your article helps Introvert, Dear grow. Also, when it runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts.
We look forward to your contribution!