Hey SE Readers. Joan with you today. This is the fifth in a series of posts about character types. The ideas are from my personal observations or public knowledge of well-known people. The other posts are The Attention Seeker, The “I Can Top That” Person, The Know it All, and The Introvert.
Several years ago, I attended a weekend women’s retreat. I knew several of those attending and didn’t have a problem conversing with them individually or in a small group. By the time the weekend was over, I didn’t have a problem talking to the entire gathering.
But an incident from that first day still stands out in my mind. We arrived on a Friday afternoon, had dinner, then gathered for our first “get to know you” session. It involved some play-acting and they asked for volunteers. Being an introvert, I remained in the background.
One of the women brought a friend. This person didn’t know anyone in the group, but she was the first to step up to the plate. And boy did she put on a show. A Hollywood actor had nothing on her.
I was both appalled and amazed at her actions. She was what I call an extreme extrovert.
I think extroverted characters are easier to write than introverts. You can easily make them an antagonist or protagonist. They could have a supporting or minor role. Think of the obnoxious neighbor who is harmless but is annoying because of their extreme personality. Or the car salesman who won’t take no for an answer.
Extroverts most often love to be the center of attention. Like the woman at the retreat, they’re usually the life of the party. This can be either good or bad, depending on what you want to do with your character.
If you make your protagonist an extrovert, take care not to go overboard. As mentioned in an earlier post, you want readers to like your main characters. Giving them an over-the-top personality might be too much for some. As a reader, I’ve been turned off from several books after reading reviews that say the main character isn’t likeable.
How would you use the extreme introvert? Please share in the comments.