When Writing Isn’t Fun Anymore
Lauren Sapala's Diary
by Lauren Sapala
5d ago
I was working with a new client who had come to me because she said she hated her writing life. As I sat with her on Zoom and asked her questions about her writing, I watched her face change as she described how she used to feel about writing when she was much younger, and how she felt about it now. She looked troubled, and sad. And also confused. Why was writing so hard for her now? she asked. She didn’t understand why it felt like pulling teeth to sit down and crank out 500 words. Writing had always been something she loved. She didn’t understand why it now filled her with so much dread. As ..read more
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Step Into Your Power as a Writer (Stop Being Afraid to Promote Yourself!)
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by Lauren Sapala
3w ago
Although most writers are well aware that they struggle with a fear of failure, many writers don’t realize that they also harbor a fear of success. For a lot of writers, the thought of being a successful writer carries with it the assumption that they will have to promote themselves and their work in ways that make them uncomfortable. This is understandable, because marketing can be scary. When you put yourself—or your work—out there in the world, you may experience rejection or negative comments, or you may just feel more exposed than you ever have before. This is why the thought of marketin ..read more
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Are Your Writing Dreams Sitting on Hold?
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by Lauren Sapala
3w ago
The choices around publishing these days are probably some of the toughest choices a writer has to make. We’re all familiar with the first big choice between going the traditional publishing route or deciding to self-publish. However, even after that choice is made, many other choices follow. One of the biggest roadblocks to writers deciding to self-publish is the sheer amount of information and options that are out there in regards to self-publishing nowadays. There are many different companies that make a lot of promises to help writers self-publish, and there are also many different ways d ..read more
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Write a Book that Serves the World (This Works Great for Procrastinators!)
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by Lauren Sapala
1M ago
Over the years, I have worked with many writers who dream of writing a book that will help serve humanity. Much of the time, the writer has experienced some sort of deep trauma, gone through a healing journey because of that trauma, and then come out on the other side with a unique perspective on everything they experienced. Usually in these cases, the writer realizes that what they’ve learned could greatly benefit others who are currently going through the same sort of trauma they experienced, and that the best way to get this knowledge into the hands of other people is to write a book that ..read more
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My New Video Course for INFJs Is Now Available!
Lauren Sapala's Diary
by Lauren Sapala
1M ago
My new video course for INFJs is now available! CLICK HERE FOR ENERGY AND INTUITION FOR INFJS I also made a short video giving an overview of what it’s all about: Energy and Intuition for INFJs is $199 until this December 20. After that the price increases to $349, so if you know you want it, get it now so you don’t miss out on the deep discount! You can get the discount here: CLICK HERE FOR ENERGY AND INTUITION FOR INFJS And thanks so much to everyone who has emailed me in the past couple of days and let me know that this is exactly what you need at this time! Lauren Sapala is the author of ..read more
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Why INFJs Hide Their True Selves from the World
Lauren Sapala's Diary
by Lauren Sapala
1M ago
INFJ personality types are known for being chameleons. Part of this is our strong extraverted feeling function, which allows us to immediately pick up on the emotions and moods of others, and then mirror their emotional state back to them. This is obviously why INFJs make such great counselors and are able to easily help others untangle personal problems. However, another reason we tend to “chameleonize” ourselves when we’re around other people is due to fear. Because most INFJs are conditioned from a young age to shut down our own intuition, we usually have a hard time trusting other people ..read more
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Why INFJs Have So Much Anxiety and Depression
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by Lauren Sapala
1M ago
Being an INFJ personality type comes with many gifts, but it can also feel like it comes with many burdens at the same time. In addition to being highly sensitive (sometimes to an extreme degree), many INFJs also struggle with high amounts of anxiety and depression. A lot of INFJs report that they experience a low-key depression running in the background of their lives, even when it appears that everything is going well on the surface. In fact, what might be the most frustrating to INFJs about the way they experience anxiety and depression is that it can be very difficult to pinpoint exactly ..read more
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Why It’s So Lonely Being an INFJ
Lauren Sapala's Diary
by Lauren Sapala
1M ago
If you are an INFJ personality type then you have definitely experienced the loneliness of being an INFJ, because while INFJs easily understand the psychological landscape of those around them, they are typically misunderstood themselves. Added to this is the fact that most INFJs have trust issues and it’s difficult for us to open up to people and share our real selves. This results in INFJs feeling lonely and isolated, and also internalizing this loneliness as a belief that something is wrong with us. Deep down, most INFJs feel that they are defective in some way, and that if they were ever ..read more
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Are You a Creative Empath with Toxic Patterns?
Lauren Sapala's Diary
by Lauren Sapala
2M ago
A creative empath is someone who is an empath, and who is also a creative type—an artist or a writer or someone who has creative aspirations in those directions. Creative empaths are innovative, original thinkers who are always seeking meaning in life, and love to explore beauty and art. Creative empaths are also prone to struggling with creative blocks and toxic patterns in their lives. They report high levels of dissatisfaction in their jobs, relationships, and the way they view themselves and fit into the world. Many creative empaths repeat the same kind of relationships over and over, alw ..read more
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Why Is It So Hard to Be Creative When You’re Stressed Out?
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by Lauren Sapala
2M ago
Stress is one of the biggest problems I see in creative people who feel blocked and frustrated about their creative process, whether they’re writers or pursuing any other type of creative work. The thing about stress, though, is that most of us deal with it on such a routine basis that we often don’t even notice high stress levels running in the background anymore. It just seems like normal life to us. A lot of times, what happens when you’re dealing with high amounts of stress, is that you’ll start using productivity as a self-soothing mechanism. Being super productive gives you a sense of c ..read more
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