Welcome to the Introvert, Dear community. If you are a first-time contributor, please read the guidelines on this page before submitting your article.
January Writing Challenges
These are some ideas for writing topics, however, we accept articles that are not about these topics, too:
1. 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.
2. Describe what it’s like to go through a day while “hiding” your introversion or high sensitivity. What don’t people see or understand when they look at you?
3. Write an article using this headline: 9 Things Introverts Wish You Understood About Them. You can choose any number; it doesn’t have to be nine! You could also replace the word “introvert” with “highly sensitive person,” “INFJ,” “INTJ,” etc.
4. Write an article using this headline: 9 Great Things About Being an Introvert. You can choose any number; it doesn’t have to be nine! You could also replace the word “introvert” with “highly sensitive person,” “INFJ,” “INTJ,” etc.
5. 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.
6. We’re always looking for articles about the introverted personality types, especially about ISFJs, ISTJs, ISFPs, ISTPs, and INTPs. Check out two great examples of personality type articles here and here.
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. See an example here.
- 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. See an example here.
- The article builds to a clear message/lesson for readers, something that might evoke an “A ha” moment for them. See an example here.
- 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. See an example here.
- The article has a strong, clear connection to introversion, high sensitivity, or personality type.
- Articles should be between 800 to 1,300 words in length.
- 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. See an example here.
- Copy and paste any links directly into your article. Don’t turn a word into a link; unfortunately, the HeyPublisher system does not support this.
- We accept articles that have been published previously on personal blogs.
- By submitting an article to us, you are affirming that the writing is your own.
Before submitting your article, please set up a Gravatar profile. The image in your Gravatar profile will become the image in your Introvert, Dear author bio. To connect our site to your Gravatar, we need the email address that you used to set up your Gravatar account; please use this email address when you set up your HeyPublisher account.
You will also need to submit a short author bio. Author bios should be between 3-6 sentences; they can be fun, casual, and personal, and/or describe your qualifications as an expert in your field.
You may include links to your blog, website, ebook, and/or social media profiles in your author bio (this is optional). If you’d like to include links, please copy and paste them at the end of your author bio.
The Editorial Process
- Submit your full article through HeyPublisher (below). Please be aware that it can take up to two weeks for the editor to review your article, because we get many submissions.
- If your article is selected for publication, the editor will contact you and tell you a publication date. Please be aware that we will contact you only if we intend to publish your article. As much as we would like to provide feedback to everyone, we have a very small staff, and it’s currently just not possible.
- We may edit your article for length, clarity, and our own editorial guidelines. For example, this might mean your title will be changed or certain language will be removed.
Also, unfortunately, we can’t publish every story or article that we receive. Please don’t take us turning down a story as us saying your story doesn’t have value. We have a small editorial team currently, but we hope to one day have a spot for every story we receive on the site.
A Few Style Notes
- 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 this publication is based in the U.S., we use American spellings of words (for example, “color” instead of “colour” and “realize” instead of “realise.”)
Submit Your Writing
To submit your writing, use the HeyPublisher form below. If you’re new to HeyPublisher, you will need to create an account. To do this, enter your email address (the same one you used to create your Gravatar profile) and create a password in the form below. You should immediately receive a confirmation email; when you do, return to this page and sign in to HeyPublisher. You will then be prompted to enter your author bio and upload your article.