Why Do I Write Well But Speak Like A Bumbling Idiot?

The brain of an introvert

Janice Tovey
2 min readApr 16, 2022


Charlie Chaplin on a busy street corner feeling alone and sad.
Photo by ecemwashere on Unsplash

Imade the mistake of telling someone that I have a blog. That I write articles. That people may read my stories. That some of my posts are well, well received. That I could actually make a little money. “Oh yeah, tell me about one of them.”

I proceeded to talk about one of my favorite stories. The post that talks about me obsessively checking my Medium stats in the middle of the night. I thought it was a humorous little piece. In fact, I was chuckling as I recited part of the tale. Half way through, I realized I sounded like a bumbling idiot. The look of confusion on his face as he listened confirmed a long held suspicion. I write well. Yet, I speak incoherently.

Why is this? I don’t believe that this has anything to do with intelligence.

A little research revealed that introverts prefer to write their thoughts rather than speak their mind. It isn’t a preference, or something introverts can control. An introvert’s brain is just wired differently.

Written words use different pathways in the brain, which seem to flow more fluently for introverts.

Introverts’ and Extroverts’ Brains Really Are Different According to Science


Why is this?

Turns out, introverts are more sensitive to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Introverts needs less. Extroverts need more, much more. Too much dopamine will overstimulate the brain of an introvert.

Introverts have reported that journaling helps them understand their feelings and thoughts. Many prolific bloggers are introverts.


Langley’s research also demonstrates that introverts may process information more thoroughly than extroverts. This process may take a little longer. It really does require an introvert more time to put thoughts into spoken words, make a decision, or react.

I am not bumbling or incoherent after all. Well, I am a bit, but this is because I am an introvert. My brain is wired differently. Turns out I was born this way. I will always display a preference for calm, quiet, and solitude.

Exactly the calm, and quiet bliss that writing so deliciously provides.

Happy writing.



Janice Tovey

My passion is writing. I also love reading, teaching, animals, nature, music, and humor. I am curious about everything and enjoy writing about all things.