Why Empaths Struggle So Much with Writing

Lauren Sapala
3 min readMay 8, 2023

Most empaths have trouble writing, and this trouble comes down to the issue of fear. The fear is rooted in being terrified of what others will think of their writing. Empath writers are usually afraid that other people will not think their writing is “good,” or they will be offended by something they’ve written, or they will think they are stupid or thoughtless, or they will be angry that the empath wrote about family history.

The root of the fear is that the empath believes that when they put their writing out into the world, other people will not like it or will not approve of it. This is rooted to a belief almost all empaths struggle with, which is, “I am responsible for the reactions and emotions of others.”

This is why empaths have a hard time expressing honest opinions, and sharing themselves with others. This is also why it is difficult for empath writers to share their writing, or write at all. Empath writers often grew up in a home where negative emotions were projected onto them, and where codependent energy was modeled to them. They were taught that when other people had negative reactions, it was their fault.

I talk more about this in the video below:

I’m teaching an online workshop on this topic on Saturday, May 13, called “Empaths and Fear of Writing.” I’ll be teaching in-depth on why empaths experience so much fear around writing their stories, and how they can move past this fear so that they can not only write, but also share their writing with the world.

Please note: This is an introductory class to my teachings on procrastination, perfectionism, the inner critic of empath writers, and how to dissolve creative blocks. If you have already completed my YOU Are a Writer online course or taken other live classes with me on procrastination and perfectionism, then this class is most likely not for you, unless you want a refresher on my basic teachings in these areas.

This class is only $25, and after you register you will receive lifetime access to the recording of the class if you can’t make it live, or would like to revisit it in the future. I’ll be opening registration on May 10 and spots are limited, so be sure to SIGN UP for my newsletter HERE so that you don’t miss notification of registration opening. Please also SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel HERE to get more videos for empath writers and creatives.

I hope I see you there!

Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ Writer, The INFJ Revolution, and the creator of Energy and Intuition for INFJs, an online course for INFJs on intuition, relationships, creativity, and more. She is also currently offering a free copy of her book Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers to anyone who signs up for her newsletter. SIGN UP HERE to get your free copy.

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Lauren Sapala

Writer. Writing Coach. Author of The INFJ Writer: Cracking the Creative Genius of the World’s Rarest Type. www.laurensapala.com