In my last article, Why Are Writers So Susceptible to Toxic Ideas About Creativity? I talked about how easy it is to fall prey to the never-ending anxiety loops of the brain when we are disconnected from our own hearts. When you’re almost totally in the brain space, writing becomes much harder than it needs to be.
If this is you, you’ll know this is you, because writing just isn’t any fun anymore. It feels difficult and fills you with dread and makes you feel badly about yourself. This is the result of letting the brain run your creative show, and there is another result that is rarely talked about, but has an extremely damaging effect on writers.
This is the fact that when you become prey to the constant worry and anxiety loops in your brain, the natural response is to shrink and contract in fear. So, what ends up happening is that you are shrinking and contracting on such a constant basis that you end up working from an orientation of smallness in the world.
“Working from an orientation of smallness,” means that you pull your energy in, all the time, and as a habitual response to the world. This is different from the periodic recharging that is normal and healthy for so many introverts. Working from an orientation of smallness is a defensive and protective reactionary response that is unconscious and debilitating. Simply put, it keeps you small and it keeps your creativity suppressed.
I talk more about this in-depth in the video below:
If this video in the series is speaking to you, make sure you check out the first two videos in the series for more info:
I just released a new video course for writers who feel like all the joy has gone out of their creative process. It’s called “The Joyful Writer” and it’s specifically designed to help you get out of your head, and get over your creative blocks. If this sounds like something that might be helpful to you in your writing journey, be sure to check out the new course HERE.
Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ Writer and The INFJ Revolution. She is also currently offering a free copy of her book on creative marketing for INFJ and INFP writers to anyone who signs up for her newsletter. SIGN UP HERE to get your free copy of Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers.