Why You’re a Writer Who Can’t Finish Anything (and Will NaNoWriMo Really Help?)

This is what my new, live class, the Creative Commitment Challenge, is all about. Were going to be doing 30 days of live, silent writing sessions over Zoom for the whole month of November. So whether youre doing NaNo– or youre not doing NaNo however youre still ready to stop thinking and begin actually DOING something about your writing– this class offers the support and neighborhood structure you require to shift your habits, and eventually your identity, as a writer.

None of these hold true. Each and every single one is a self-deprecating impression that the writers inner critic is using to manipulate and control them so that the writer never ever, ever makes the ego uneasy by taking a real creative threat.

I work with a lot of writers who have a big issue. These authors have a drawerful of incomplete stories (or a folder on their laptop computer) and every time they believe about all the stories theyve begun– or believed about beginning– and never ever ended up, it immediately activates a tidal wave of pity and self-loathing.

What happens however is that, over time, the writer pertains to relate to this “stopping working” they see in themselves. Their identity as a writer ends up being that of “the writer who never finishes anything,” and after that the brain mentally connects to this identity and ends up being resistant and defiant whenever the author tries to move outside of that constricting (and false) label. Due to the fact that a lot of the time our brains would rather be best than be delighted. The ego wishes to feel safe and it clings on to whats familiar, even if that familiar “safe” thing is holding us back in life and causing us discomfort in the long run.

Practically all of these authors have presumptions and theories about why they are in this manner. They get bored too quickly, theyre too “ADD” with jobs, they cant follow through, theyre spacey or flaky or scattered. And the very worst: they simply arent cut out to be authors.

Something like NaNoWriMo can absolutely help authors with this, due to the fact that if they throw themselves into the obstacle, they start to see evidence that they CAN appear, they CAN do it. They begin to develop a new identity as an author who strolls their talk and follows through on their commitments. It can be hard to construct and sustain this brand-new identity– and keep it intact in its oh-so-delicate infancy– all alone. Its the same concept as recovery support system like Alcoholics Anonymous. Sure, a person can give up drinking by themselves. It IS theoretically possible for individuals to detach and shut down from inefficient habits patterns without outdoors aid, however studies have actually revealed that an individuals possibilities of success when making big behavioral shifts increase astronomically if they have the support of others behind them, specifically if those others are on the specific very same journey.

I talk more about this principle, and the class itself, in the video listed below:

If you missed out on the first 2 videos in the series, you can discover them here:

It looks like were going to have a nice-sized group, many individuals have actually called me and informed me theyre certainly in and theyre incredibly excited. I am too. Lets kick off this November right my fellow authors!

Video # 1: Im a Writer but I Hate Actually Writing. Whats Wrong with Me?

Ill be opening up registration for the Creative Commitment Challenge on Tuesday, Oct 27. Make certain to register for my newsletter HERE to get all the updates and statements as I launch them. And if you have any questions, about the schedule or prices or any of it, please send them my way by means of the contact form HERE.

Video # 2: Is NaNoWriMo Good or Bad for Intuitive Writers? The Answer Might Surprise You.

Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ Writer, The INFJ Revolution, and the developer of Intuitive Writing, a six-step online video course for INFJ and INFP writers who battle with composing. She is likewise presently providing a totally free copy of her book on imaginative marketing for INFJ and INFP writers to anybody who signs up for her newsletter. REGISTER HERE to get your complimentary copy of Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers.

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These authors have a drawerful of incomplete stories (or a folder on their laptop computer) and every time they believe about all the stories theyve started– or thought about beginning– and never completed, it quickly triggers a tidal wave of pity and self-loathing.

Their identity as a writer becomes that of “the writer who never ever ends up anything,” and then the brain emotionally connects to this identity and becomes resistant and bold whenever the author attempts to move outside of that constricting (and false) label. They begin to build a new identity as a writer who walks their talk and follows through on their dedications. Whether youre doing NaNo– or youre not doing NaNo however youre still ready to stop thinking and start actually DOING something about your writing– this class offers the support and neighborhood structure you require to shift your habits, and ultimately your identity, as a writer.

Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ Writer, The INFJ Revolution, and the developer of Intuitive Writing, a six-step online video course for INFJ and INFP authors who struggle with writing.

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