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Lauren Sapala

Something Dark and Weird for All You Dark and Weird Writers…

Most of you know me as an author who writes about INFJs, INFPs, introverts, empaths, and Highly Sensitive People. But intuition and introversion are not my only passions. My creative fiction side tends to come out in the form of transgressive fiction, a genre which not many people know about, but which has also made a resurgence in the past few years.

Transgressive fiction is fiction that pushes the extreme edge of boundaries. Some transgressive fiction is autobiographical or actually memoir, and some falls more into the realm of crime fiction or dark satire. It’s a fascinating genre full of talented writers and if you’ve never heard of it, I do urge you to check it out. INFJs and INFPs tend to be eccentric and odd in our tastes and transgressive fiction fits the bill for that like nothing else. Continue Reading

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Why Marketing Is Harder than Anything Else for Creative Introverts…

Being a creative introvert is hard.

Because even though we LOVE to research and learn new things and challenge ourselves, when it comes to showing our work to the world and actually doing that dreaded thing called “marketing,” we tend to retreat back into our shells.

If this sounds like you—whether you’re a writer, a painter, a dancer—or any other kind of creative introvert, then check out the interview I did with Cat Rose on her Creative Introvert podcast. We talked about: Continue Reading

Why INFJs and INFPs Suffer from Worry and Shame Around Their Writing

The dark side of NaNoWriMo was a topic that came up between me and a fellow intuitive writer last week. This writer told me that he had been at a meeting of his regular writing group, listening to his colleagues detail their plans for NaNoWriMo—the outlines, the list of steps, the character traits decided upon in advance—and he had felt awful. And as he listened to them talk, he felt worse and worse. It started out as a slow, but growing discomfort, and by the time a few minutes had passed he was consumed with self-doubt and worry. Continue Reading

How INFJs and INFPs Can Start Using the Intuitive Writing Process

When I first started using intuitive writing as a practice, I had no idea what I was doing. I definitely felt like I was on the right track, but then I kept getting off on the wrong track. I would see very clear images in my head of my characters, or feel haunted by a piece of music or a certain phrase, but then when I tried to nail these things down into concrete form, they quickly vanished. And then, I did that thing that so many intuitive writers try to do when they double down on their efforts to produce, I tried to use rational writing methods like planning, plotting, and outlining in an attempt to get anything—anything at all—down on the page.

Me being an intuitive writer, of course it didn’t work. Continue Reading