Introverts Blog Quietly – Weekly Writing Challenge

introvertChallengeAs promised on Saturday’s post, I’m starting a weekly writing prompt challenge for introverts.  The rules are on the IBQ page, but they are simple:  write about what the prompt means to you and then come back here and leave a link.  There is no word limit.

Our first challenge word is (drum roll…..)

Solitude

What does solitude mean to you?  How do you experience solitude?  Think about this:

Language has created the word “loneliness”  to express the pain of being alone.  It has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.  —  Paul Tillich

How Does It Work?

Each week I will have a specific word or expression to get the creative juices flowing.  Think about them in terms of the relevance to your life.  Then sit down and write a blog.  You get extra credit if you include a photo or graphic.  Tag it with IBQ.

After you’ve posted, come back here to that week’s specific prompt page and add a link to your blog in my comment box.  Then check out what other introverts are saying.

Remember to “Follow” my blog to get your weekly reminders.

Here is my contribution.  Come back and leave a link to your contribution after you publish it.

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Solitude.  Glorious, energizing, quiet, supreme solitude.  I love it.  It’s my joy first thing in the morning.  Without solitude I remain frazzled, frayed, unraveling around the edges of my sanity.

When I thought about “solitude” for a topic it seemed so delicious and delightful of a topic for introverts.  We need our alone time, our quiet time to recharge and unwind.  It’s the breath of life for us.  I could wax eloquent about solitude without even trying.  As a topic, it was a no-brainer.

Then I went looking for some artwork to put with my blog.  I dare you to try this.  Go out to Google and search on solitude, then click the Images link to look at graphics that have been tagged with that word.  This is what you will see:

solitudeScreen

Notice anything?

They are all dark.

They show one person, all alone, surrounded by a vast emptiness.

And that person is often hunched over, listless and depressed.  Alone, lonely.

It’s so sad.

That’s not solitude to me.

Solitude, for me, is more like this:

sunday-solitude

It’s seeing the morning sun come shining through the darkness.

It’s uplifting, whole-making.

It’s a celebration of life.

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It’s me being on top of the world, and part of everything.

It’s joy.

It’s time to renew my spirit and think brilliant thoughts.

Solitude allows me to become complete in myself, and by doing so I help to complete the world.

I leave you with one more quote, this time from introvert Sophia Dembling, author of “The Introvert’s Way; Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World”:

Introverts are actually kind of vain about our appreciation for solitude.  We don’t make a big deal about it, but we consider the ability to spend time alone as a mark of an interesting person, an individual of substance.

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Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  Look for my ongoing series celebrating introverts (Sunday), writing prompts for introverts (Wednesday) and introvert cartoons (Thursday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime.  Come and share with like-minded introverts.  I also contribute to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.

48 thoughts on “Introverts Blog Quietly – Weekly Writing Challenge

  1. Great prompt Chris. I shall do this tomorrow. And I agree about your assessment of solitude. It is something much needed and much appreciated. 🙂

  2. What a wonderful post, and thanks for providing such inspiring prompts. I greatly enjoyed how you examined the popular perception of solitude (dark and lonely) with the the tagged images. Those positive photos of solitude you included at the end, I find much more fitting and relatable. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. After taking the quiz, I’m surprised to learn that I am an introvert. I never realized this before, and now wear the badge with pride. Great Post. I’ll watch for your prompts.

  4. What a great prompt and fascinating pictures here. I wish I had come up with this. I’d love to have taken part except that I’m not an introvert and so can’t write from the heart on this one. But looking forward to more.

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  6. What a fabulous challenge 🙂 When I have done with posting my other challenges today I will have a go at this one. I fully expect my followers will be heartily sick of the sight of me before long 😉

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  9. Lovely, lovely post. Let me think about how I can fit this ‘challenge’ into my week… I like the idea of it very much. Time for some solitary thinking… 😉

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  19. Sorry I’m so late – I love your definition of solitude & the pics which show the way a lot of introverts feel about solitude. Isn’t it amazing how images get distorted about people alone. Just because we are social animals does not mean we want to be with people all the time. I will try to get to this prompt some time this week – just too much happening all at the same time!

  20. Reblogged this on and commented:
    I’ve just found this and I love it. Like Chris i would not have described myself as Introvert at all but having read the explanation over and over again to ensure i wasnt mis-understanding it. This is most definately me and I will be catching up on this challenge, over the next week.

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