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Lauren Sapala

Is NaNoWriMo Good or Bad for Intuitive Writers? The Answer Might Surprise You.

Every November I get tons of emails from INFJ and INFP writers asking if NaNoWriMo is a good fit for them. And the answer is always yes and no. No, because intuitive writers tend to write slowly. We need time to go into the deepest depths with our characters and our stories, and 30 days isn’t much time. There’s also the issue of feeling pressured, which doesn’t work well for many introverts, and aiming to write 50k words in one month is definitely a fair amount of pressure.

However, NaNoWriMo can also be beneficial to intuitive writers because it pushes us to actually get going, and we intuitive writers tend to spend a lot of time up in our heads, planning and thinking and dreaming, but not actually DOING. It’s the doing part that can be the most difficult for us. So, with something like NaNoWriMo, we’re kind of forced to jump into the cold water, get used to it, and start swimming. Continue Reading

I’m a Writer but I Hate Actually Writing. What’s Wrong with Me?

The mythology about writers who love writing runs rampant in the online world. Many successful authors give interviews where they say they can’t live without writing, they have to write or they’ll go mad, and they live for those precious hours when they can sit down, in solitude and seclusion, and write themselves into the blissful creative zone for hours on end.

While I don’t doubt that these kinds of writers exist, there is also another reality for writers that is rarely acknowledged. Specifically, a lot of writers don’t enjoy writing. At all. Continue Reading

I’m Teaching at the Online Gathering of the Creatives with Julia Cameron!

One of my favorite events every year is the Gathering of the Creatives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was pretty bummed when I had to cancel my travel plans for it this year.

But then, I got super excited, because the Gathering is still happening—AND I’m teaching a workshop as part of it—online!

I’m teaching alongside Julia Cameron, SARK, Jacob Nordby, and a lot of other creative leaders to offer a highly interactive weekend experience, all online.

In many ways this is actually a gift, because in past years I’ve heard from so many of you who wanted to come but couldn’t afford to take the time to travel all the way to New Mexico. Now you can join us without leaving your home, which is awesome.

Here’s the link for more info:

GATHERING OF THE CREATIVES ONLINE

It’s all happening the weekend of December 4-6, 2020.

And you can click HERE to secure your spot now.

As you’ll see, this is NOT just another Zoom meeting. You’re going to be getting hands on with art, writing, poetry, and more. As Julia Cameron says, “Everyone is creative. There is no such thing as an uncreative person.” And we need you to come into your creative power at a time when the world is hungry for people who are awake, alive, and creating in their joy.

I sincerely hope that you can join with us and so many other creatives from around the world.

Hopefully I’ll see you there!

An INF Happy Ending

Today’s guest post comes from Sarah Terry. Sarah is a counsellor working in schools in the UK. She is also the author of “Inside the Teenage Mind” and hosts a YouTube channel where she gives mental health hints, tips and advice. Sarah also provides self-help online courses for a variety of mental health issues. You can learn more at www.sarahterry.co.uk.

I discovered I was an introvert around eight years ago when I literally felt like I was going mad. I had even been to my doctor to ask about early menopause and would often cry for no reason, pushing away those I loved.

I was working in a busy, open plan office at the time. My managers sat on the same desk pod as me and I constantly felt scrutinised. Although this wasn’t necessarily the case, my interpretation of the environment was such that I felt like a hopeless goldfish, doomed to provide entertainment to all passers-by. I would come home from work and cry, unable to vocally articulate to my (extroverted) husband what I was feeling, much less why. Continue Reading