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How Can I Know When to Trust My Intuition (in Writing and in Life)?

In my last article, One Easy Way to Tell the Difference Between Fear and Intuition, I talked about the exact way that fear feels different from intuition, and how you can learn how to feel this difference yourself and use it to separate the two.

That article triggered a flurry of questions from my readers about how to know when you can trust your intuition at all. Many people said that they’ve gotten “intuitive hits” in the past that turned out to be true later on, but they didn’t know how to listen to that intuition in the moment, when it was trying to steer them in the right direction.

The key is to know that each person has a unique set of inner cues that will come through the body, in a very specific and reliable way, every time their intuition is trying to get their attention. It’s just that we usually either brush off these signals from our body, or we don’t realize that’s what they are and so we don’t slow down to see what’s really happening.

Once we learn our unique set of body cues, we have a solid starting point with our intuition, and once we can get comfortable with intuitive tools like these, we can begin to use them in our everyday life and in our writing practice.

I talk more about this in the video below:

Learning how to use your intuition and building self-trust can transform your writing practice at a deep level that you’ve never seen before. Instead of feeling like you’re always trying to push your writing forward, it feels more like a path is opening up right in front of you and all you have to do is be open to following it.

I’m teaching these concepts and so much more in my upcoming online class starting May 2 (next week!) called Finding Your Writing Magic. We’re going to be learning about getting comfortable with the unconscious, working with story as a co-creative process, and writing as an act of power. If this sounds like something you would really like, be sure to sign up for my newsletter HERE to get the announcement when I open registration on April 27.

(Please note: This class will contain completely different material than my Intuitive Writing video course. We will touch on Intuitive Writing briefly as a tool, but only briefly. This is a new class with entirely new material.)

I won’t be teaching this class again, or making a video course from it, either. So, this is your only chance to take this class. Replays will be made available for those who can’t make the class live, and class members will get lifetime access to those replays, which is a great option for those who want to do it as a self-paced class in the weeks or months ahead.

If you want in, make sure you get in during the five-day registration window. And if you have any questions, you can contact me here.

I’ll see everyone in just a couple days when doors open for registration!

Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ WriterThe INFJ Revolution, and the creator of Intuitive Writing, an online video course for INFJ and INFP writers who struggle with traditional writing methods. You can get a free copy of her book on creative marketing for writers by signing up for her newsletter HERE.

One Easy Way to Tell the Difference Between Fear and Intuition

In my last article in this series, Why So Many INFJ and INFP Writers Have Problems Using Their Intuition in Writing, I talked about how difficult it can be to listen to your intuition sometimes, and how hard it can be to tell the difference between fear and intuition.

In fact, this is one of the most commonly asked questions I get from clients and students. In both cases, fear and intuition feel like a strong urge or nudge to take action or go in a certain direction. Both can also feel pressing, necessary, and very immediate. For those who don’t have a lot of practice in accessing their intuition or listening to it, it can feel impossible to tell the difference on whether these inner signals are coming from a place of fear, or if they belong to that small, still voice within that will never steer you wrong.

This can be particularly tough for writers. Should your character really take that next step in the timeline, or are you just pushing them ahead because you feel panicky about the lack of progress with your story? It’s questions like these that plague writers who might be naturally intuitive people, but are not able to trust their intuition to the point where they can let it lead them creatively.

A lack of trust in your intuition in writing is directly related to a lack of trust in yourself in life. Writing and life are not two separate things to be put into two separate boxes. What affects one will always affect the other. This is why it’s so important for writers who are intuitively centered to give their intuitive skills priority, and do everything they can to develop self-trust from within.

The most basic place to start is learning how to tell the difference between intuition and fear. I talk more about this in the video below:

I’m teaching an online class this May called Finding Your Writing Magic and I’m going to be teaching writers how to work with their own natural intuitive style, how to access the magic in their creativity and everyday lives, and how to deeply connect with their own power in writing. If this resonates with you, then please make sure to sign up for my newsletter HERE to get all the updates on the class.

Please note: This class will contain completely different material than my Intuitive Writing video course. We will touch on Intuitive Writing briefly as a tool, but only briefly. This is a new class with entirely new material.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me here. First day of class is Monday, May 2 so please get those questions to me ASAP. I’ll see you all very soon with the last video in this series, all about how to know when you can trust the information your intuition is bringing through to you.

Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ WriterThe INFJ Revolution, and the creator of Intuitive Writing, an online video course for INFJ and INFP writers who struggle with traditional writing methods. You can get a free copy of her book on creative marketing for writers by signing up for her newsletter HERE.

Why So Many INFJ and INFP Writers Have Problems Using Their Intuition in Writing

The INFJ personality type and the INFP personality type are two of the most intuitive personalities on the spectrum, and they are also the two types most likely to be creative writers. However, it can be particularly difficult for both INFJ and INFP writers to access their intuition while writing. This is unfortunate, because once an INFJ or INFP writer can begin tapping into their intuition while writing, they will almost always experience greater creative flow and a better experience writing.

The reason most INFJs and INFPs have problems using their intuition while writing—which is such a strong, natural skill for us—is because intuition is not valued in our culture. We live in a society that is heavily skewed toward the rational, logical side of life. Anything that comes across as intuitive, emotional, or vulnerable is feared in our culture, and usually denigrated. Of course, the intuitive side of life is also strongly connected to feminine energy, which is another thing that is feared and ridiculed in our society.

This means that most INFJ and INFP people grow up in a situation where our intuitive gifts are not valued, and they are definitely not encouraged. Instead, we are taught to ignore or suppress our intuition, and to discount our natural creative style, and our intuitive gifts. So, we end up as adults who feel cut off from our own creativity, who struggle with writing, and who have no idea how to use our natural intuitive talent to thrive.

I talk more about this in the video below:

I’m teaching an online class this May called Finding Your Writing Magic, all about the link between intuition and writing, and how to learn key intuitive tools that will help you tap into your greatest creative potential.

If this sounds like exactly what you need right now, be sure to sign up for my newsletter HERE to get all the updates about the class. You can contact me with any questions here. And please don’t hold back on the questions! I’m really excited about this new class and I would love to answer any questions that might come up for you.

I’ll see you soon with the next video in this series, all about how to tell the difference between the voice of fear and the voice of intuition!

Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ WriterThe INFJ Revolution, and the creator of Intuitive Writing, an online video course for INFJ and INFP writers who struggle with traditional writing methods. You can get a free copy of her book on creative marketing for writers by signing up for her newsletter HERE.

5 Signs You’re an Intuitive Writer

While I most often get clients and students who are well aware that they have problems writing, they don’t often know that the reason for this is because they are an intuitive writer. Intuitive writers work in a way that deviates from the norm, and it’s this deviation that can cause a lot of misunderstanding and pain to the writer who is struggling, because intuitive writers tend to get blocked and shut down when they try to use mainstream writing methods.

I put together a basic list of 5 clear signs that indicate you are most likely an intuitive writer. If you hit every one of the items on this list, then chances are high that you’re going to have writing problems if you try to use mainstream methods. Continue Reading

Are You a Writer Who Can’t Finish Anything? The 3 Surprising Reasons You Abandon Projects.

As a writing coach who has worked with hundreds of writers over the past decade, I’ve found that most of the writers who come to me have the same types of problems, and one of the biggest struggles they deal with is finishing anything.

This type of writer always tells me the same thing:

“I get really excited in the beginning of the project, and then the excitement dies.”

“I was off to a strong start and wrote a lot, but now I have no idea where the story is going and it feels like a chore to figure it out.”

I feel a deep sense of shame about the fact that I haven’t finished anything. This must mean I’m not a real writer, or not a very good writer.”

This type of writer also tends to feel isolated and alone in their struggle. They constantly compare themselves to other writers who seem to be thriving, creating, and most importantly, producing.

I love it when I get a new client like this, because I immediately know where to start. And once I reveal what’s really going on, the writer experiences this immense feeling of relief. They finally understand that they are NOT wrong as a writer. They are just using the wrong type of writing method for them. Continue Reading