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The Introverted Writer’s Guide to Socializing in 2016

by Sondi Warner (2)

–Sondi Warner, Writer/Blogger for Wrought Iron Reads

People? What are those? You must mean “characters.” If you’re an introverted writer like me, meeting new people is a lot harder than writing a novel, but it’s doable. I’ve got five ways to help you be a wee bit more sociable this year. Willing to give it a try?

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  1. Get to know your family. You know those people who always interrupt you right as you’re making a breakthrough on your most difficult chapter? Yep, those people. While you’re racing to meet deadlines, don’t forget to give time to your partner, your kids and other family members—near and far. Pick at least one day a week that you dedicate completely to being with the ones you love.
  2. Go to the gym. You’ve been saying you need to lose ten pounds for the past five New Year’s, but there’s more than one reason to get out and get active. A gym membership can be the best way to easily meet new people in a relaxed, casual environment. Pick a Zumba class or try swimming. Then, put in that extra effort to speak to at least one person each time you visit. Whether you stick to your weight loss goals or not, you’re bound to make a new friend in the process.
  3. Fall in love with your local library. There was this really cool place you used to go to as a kid. It’s still there. Your local library hosts fun events for adults, too. Like book club meetings, poetry readings and sometimes even a chance to get to know fellow writers. There’s no reason you have to feel like it’s impossible to meet new people. Skip the club and hit the books.
  4. Volunteer. From the senior center to the food pantry, there are many worthy causes looking for helpful warm bodies. If you find it impossible to engage perfect strangers in conversation, then this option allows you to say little and still make a big impact. All you need is a smile and a willingness to work. Think you have what it takes? Volunteer and meet people.
  5. Educate yourself. Take a class. Most colleges offer leisure classes, some for free! Or, you can try a weekly cooking class, painting class, guitar lessons—there’s no limit to the things you can learn. The best part is, you have to interact! At least with your teacher, and I know you can do it with your classmates as well.

Do what it takes to expand your social network because you need people. We all do. Got some fun meet-cute stories? Share them with us below in the comment section.

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