I’m a writer, writing coach, and an INFJ. I also wrote the book The INFJ Writer, a writing guide for intuitive introverts, HSPs, empaths and all other sensitive, struggling artists.
I began working with blocked writers in 2009 when I founded the WriteCity writing group in Seattle, and then I expanded the program to San Francisco in 2010. I became a full-time writing coach in 2013, working as an advocate for writers in one-on-one sessions designed to help bring the writer’s creative dreams into existence with unconditional love and support.
After a heartbreaking experience in college when a creative writing professor told me that I should “give up writing” and find something to do at which I might actually be successful, I stopped writing for seven years. It was only when I stumbled upon an unconventional writing group based on the format of Alcoholics Anonymous that I started writing again and discovered my own creative gifts. Taking this newfound knowledge with me, I started my own writing group using the same method. I called it WriteCity and advertised it as a place for writers to come to write silently for one hour, without being critiqued. To my surprise, a very particular kind of writer began to populate the group: sensitive, intuitive writers who were paralyzed by self doubt.
That was when I first began to see that intuitive writers come to the creative process in a radically different way from the norm. Intuitive writers are stifled by plotting and planning every little detail before they begin writing their stories. Their works are heavily character-focused, with a distinctive emphasis on psychology, myth and archetype, and the lessons for humanity found hiding behind almost every storyline. Intuitive writers have difficulty writing quickly and are more sensitive to criticism, or even suggested changes, to their works in the revision process. Combining my own personal experience as an intuitive introvert with the experiences of my clients, I decided to write a book detailing the unique temperament and creative process of sensitive intuitive writers. And so The INFJ Writer was born.
In between coaching writers, and wrangling my two-year-old son, I’m currently working on my next book, Between the Shadow and Lo, an autobiographical novel detailing my alcoholic years in Seattle. Between the Shadow and Lo will be available at the end of summer 2017.