We’re looking for experts, thought leaders, and introverts who have something big to say.
Write for Introvert, Dear
(Please note that we don’t publish sponsored posts or respond to pitches.)
Before you submit your writing, please run through this checklist. Have you…
- Added your name, email address, and 3-5 sentence bio to the top of your post? You can also include a link to your website or social media profiles (optional).
- Created a Gravatar profile? The email address you provide us should match the email address associated with your Gravatar account.
- Turned your post into an editable Google Doc?
- Included your PayPal email address?
If so, you’re ready to submit!
Please share your Google Doc with submissionsID@gmail.com.
These are some ideas for writing topics, however, we consider articles that are not about these topics, too:
1. In defense of introversion
Many introverts feel out of place in a world made for extroverts, and aspects of their behavior are frequently misunderstood. What’s one thing that other people misunderstand about you? For example, it might be how you tend to remain quiet in groups or don’t express a lot of emotion outwardly. Write a compassionate vindication in defense of the introvert’s behavior. What is the misunderstanding, and how has it negatively affected your life? What do you wish other people understood about this part of your personality? How have you learned to embrace this aspect of your introversion — and can it actually be a strength? Check out examples of this prompt here, here, and here.
2. Calling all mental health experts
Are you a life coach, therapist, counselor, psychologist, mental health professional, or other expert in your field? Write compassionately about a common problem your introverted clients face. Why do introverts in particular struggle with this problem? What is it like to experience this problem, and how does it negatively affect introverts’ lives? Finally, give expert advice to solve or overcome this problem. Check out examples of this prompt here and here.
3. A pain point
What’s one thing you struggle with related to your introversion? For example, it might be your penchant for overthinking or your reluctance to speak up for your needs. Tell a short, honest personal story that shows your struggle. How is this struggle directly related to your introversion? How has it negatively affected your life? What advice can you give other introverts dealing with the same issue? Check out examples of this prompt here and here.
4. Time for a change
Is an organization or institution doing something that harms introverts? Write about it. How does this action harm introverts? Why? And what could be done instead that would be more introvert-friendly? Check out examples of this prompt here and here.
5. Confessions of an introvert
Write a very personal list of things you wish others knew about you as an introvert (or an individual of your personality type). These are aspects of yourself that you tend to keep hidden from others or don’t usually get the chance to explain. Check out examples of this prompt here and here.
6. Myers-Briggs personality types
Are you MBTI certified or very knowledgeable about personality types? Write an article about one of the eight introverted Myers-Briggs types. You could:
- Describe a problem that people of this type commonly experience — and provide expert advice to solve it
- Explain why this type does a certain behavior (for example, why INFJs absorb other people’s emotions or why INTJs love efficiency)
- Write a list of things that people of this type typically love, hate, feel annoyed by, need, etc.
- Write a list of personal confessions as someone of this personality type (see prompt #4)
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I write for Introvert, Dear?
Introvert, Dear gets over one million page views a month and has nearly half a million followers on social media. And, Feedspot named us the number one publication for introverts on the entire web! Writing for Introvert, Dear is a great way to advance your career as a writer, get exposure for your book or business, send SEO juice to your blog — and most important, share your insights and empower other introverts.
What makes a strong article?
The best 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 can relate to.
- They dig beneath the surface. The advice isn’t oversimplified or clichéd; it’s insightful, empowering readers to understand their introverted nature on a deeper level.
- The article builds to a clear message/lesson for readers, something that might evoke an “aha!” 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 or personality type.
- They avoid stereotypes and blanket statements about introverts.
Can I republish my submission on my personal blog?
Absolutely! We also accept submissions that were previously published on your personal blog. However, if we run your article on Introvert Dear, we ask that you not republish it on another major website.
Do you pay for submissions?
We do! If we publish your article, we’ll pay you $40. We use PayPal to send payments, so please include your PayPal email address at the top of your Google doc.
How long should my article be?
Between 900 and 1,200 words, please.
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 blog or on any other site (the more reputable the source, the better). When you link to other posts on Introvert, Dear, that makes us happy. No affiliate or paid links.
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”).
- Make sure you understand our definition of an introvert: someone who prefers a low-key, low-stimulus environment.
Are there certain topics you avoid?
Yep. Generally, we reject pieces that give oversimplified or generic advice. Make sure your article provides real value to the reader. You can do this by sharing your personal or professional insights, citing studies/research, or quoting an expert.
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.
Will you respond to my submission?
We’ll email you if we plan to publish it. Unfortunately, we can’t publish every submission we receive. Because we have a very small editorial team, we don’t reply if we don’t plan to publish the article. Please know that it can take up to two weeks to review your submission; if you have not gotten a reply within four weeks, you can assume that it has not been accepted.
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!