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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:
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.
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.
For many years I considered myself an utter failure as a writer. I had a creative writing teacher in college who basically told me that I sucked at writing and I should find something else to do with my life. And the worst part was, I really kind of believed her. Because I had done horribly in every creative writing class I ever took. I came up with ideas for stories, but when I tried to write them down I lost all inspiration. I studied writing craft books, but every time I tried to use the tools they talked about, my story completely fizzled.
I was convinced there was something wrong with me.
It seemed like I just wasn’t cut out to be a writer.