J.K. Rowling, Barbara Walters, and George Orwell are just a few of the many famous introverts who have written books.
Growing up, I've sometimes found that those who don't know me well would describe me as being "quiet." People who know me a little better would say otherwise. I find that the label of being "quiet" can come with negative connotations. If you're "quiet," people might assume you are also timid, anti-social, unconfident, slow, boring, or even untrustworthy. While I don't deny that I can be more introverted in certain environments, I don't feel the negative adjectives applied to "quiet" people apply to me, or even to most "quiet" people I know.
Notice how I'm writing "quiet" with quotation marks around the word? I'm doing this because I believe people who are "quiet" in one environment can be more vocally expressive in other environments. I don't know people who are "quiet" 100% of the time. Speaking for myself, I might be more mellow when I'm making chit-chat with my child's pediatrician but when I am on the phone with my best friend, I blurt out whatever comes to me.
I don't usually blurt out whatever comes to me when I'm in a roomful of strangers. So while I'm being "quiet" in a new environment, I might be taking mental notes as I listen, observe, and take in the scenery. In other words, being "quiet" allows me to do what good writers should do.
So do "quiet" people make better writers because of their insights? Honestly, I can't say if being "quiet" necessarily makes me a better writer but when I am being "quiet" for writerly purposes, I find I can take in authentic streams of dialogue, pick up on the subtle nuances of others' behavior, and uncover below-the-surface dynamics among people's relationships. Not only do these skills help me in my writing, they also sharpen my ability to understand and interpret what's going on in my environment.
Do you think being "quiet" makes you a better writer?