The INFJ Writer: Cracking the Creative Genius of the World’s Rarest Type by Lauren Sapala

Lauren Sapala dives into what it means to be an INFJ writer in a world driven by goals and rewards. She shares her own personal journey that eventually led her to a vocation as a life coach. Her own self-discovery and discussions with clients revealed the patterns, obstructions, and capacity of INFJs and inspired her to share what she’s learned with the rest of us INFJs in the world.

I took the Myers-Briggs personality test years ago when I attended a leadership class in the military. If I remember correctly, I tested as an INFJ and have done so consistently over the years. But it’s only been the past decade that my understanding of who I am has led me to the freedom in being who I am.

As I transitioned from military life to civilian life, a friend introduced me to a program on dressing in a way that fits one’s predominant personality. The program delivered me from trying to “get out of my box,” as so many well-meaning friends and family members encouraged me to do, and gave me permission to dress in a way that reflected me.

When I dove into learning the craft of writing, I discovered personality-driven guides to help develop my characters and this further increased my interest in personality types. However, my studies also led me to conferences and workshops that, while giving me some gems and takeaways, unfortunately also left me with feelings of frustration. Why couldn’t I write two books a year? Why couldn’t I have a book in outline, a book in draft and a book in edit? Why was I so slow in my writing?

Then I saw the INFJ Writer and I scooped it up. With examples drawn from experience and end of chapter exercises, Sapala walks INFJ writers through who we are, where and why we struggle, how to overcome obstacles, and (best of all), what we have to bring to the world.

The INFJ Writer is a must for us and one of the books I’ll go back to again and again.


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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