Are You a Writer Who’s Lost Your Inspiration?

Nothing feels worse than being a writer who has lost all inspiration. Every time you sit down to write you feel like the well has run dry. You feel empty, disappointed, disconnected, and like your inspiration will never come back.

Is it possible to recover from this type of situation?

Even though it feels hopeless when you’re going through it, it IS possible to get your inspiration back as a writer. However, it’s not as simple as using good writing prompts or putting yourself on some sort of schedule to enforce discipline. Inspiration tends to shy away from too much structure and too many rules, so using these types of strategies may only compound the problem. Continue Reading

Are You an Overthinking Writer?

I’ve worked with hundreds of writers over the past eight years and one of the most common problems they report to me is overthinking. They might overthink the idea of their story, how the characters should act, who’s going to read their memoir, if they’re writing their book in the right format, or a dozen other things.

One thing is for sure, when a writer starts to overthink things, the writing goes downhill fast. This is because most of the creative “problems” that arise with writing are not issues that you can think your way out of, and this is so hard for so many people to grasp because we live in a society that tells us that thinking is the answer to everything. And if you’re truly stuck about something, well, you just need to think harder.

But thinking harder doesn’t get us anywhere. In fact, it only makes us feel more paralyzed, more stuck and frozen and scared, and more hopeless. Continue Reading

Are You an Unhappy Writer?

It seems like it would be easy to know if you’re an unhappy writer, right? But it’s a little trickier than just asking yourself how you feel. A lot of writers who are deeply unhappy with themselves, their writing, and their writing lives overall, actually don’t even know how unhappy they are. They’ve been unhappy for so long that it just kind of feels normal to them now.

This was me for a long time.

For many years I didn’t write at all. I was definitely unhappy, but I didn’t actually know how unhappy I truly was, because I had never known anything different. Sure, a long time ago, when I was a kid, writing had felt fun to me. But by the time I hit my late teenage years it had become hard and painful. Every time it felt like an uphill battle. Continue Reading

In Support of Transgressive Fiction

I’m one of the authors contributing to a new anthology of transgressive fiction from Outcast Press coming out later this year called “In Filth It Shall Be Found.” For those of you who know my work, you know that transgressive fiction is a genre that’s near and dear to my heart.

There’s a small, but marginal market for transgressive fiction novels. However, for short story writers, the market is almost nonexistent. Outcast Press hopes to change that. They strive to always pay writers a fair price for their pieces, but the biggest challenge is cash flow.

For the new anthology, Outcast Press has put together a Kickstarter campaign to ensure every writer is paid fairly for their work. If you’re interested in donating, even putting $5 toward this campaign gets you an ebook of the published anthology + your name in the dedication section.

You can find more info here:

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS PROJECT

And if you’re reading this and asking yourself, “What the heck is transgressive fiction?” you can check out a couple of articles I’ve written on it to get a better idea:

The Big Lie About Transgressive Fiction

On Writing Transgressive Fiction: A Feminine Perspective

Thanks so much everyone, for your curiosity about this topic, and your support.

Lauren Sapala is the author of  Between the Shadow and Lo, a transgressive novel based on her experiences as an alcoholic battling her alter ego in Seattle in the early 2000’s, and its sequel,  West Is San Francisco. She is also the creator of Intuitive Writing, a six-step online video course for intuitive writers who struggle with writing. You can SIGN UP HERE to join her newsletter and get your free copy of the e-book  Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers.