How to Stay Sane and Balanced As An Empathic Freelance Writer

My discoveries in learning how to navigate life and writing with heightened senses and emotions

Rick Martinez


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Have you ever heard someone tell their story, and you feel it almost rip your soul the way it does to the storyteller?

Then have you written about that experience, and as you write it, you feel that same level of visceral that you did the first time?

And this happens over and over again?

It drains you in a way that is hard to explain in a short article, but if I’ve just described you, you are likely an empathic writer. You don’t simply write…you bleed. This quote by Papa probably means something to you and for you.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Ernest Hemingway

Many empathic writers struggle with the challenge of staying sane and balanced as the emotions of those around them constantly bombard them. Especially if the source is a client and you’re their ghostwriter. But that’s for another day. You might feel drained or overwhelmed, leading to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

It’s not easy to be an empath, and it’s not easy to be a writer. It’s a gift that not everyone can handle, but it’s also a gift that can help you in your life. So please stick with me for a sec because we’re about to unpack this together.

Tips on how to tell if you’re an empathic writer

Empaths are intuitive people who can sense other people’s feelings, emotions, and thoughts.

They can feel what others are feeling and experience what others are experiencing. And not just in a spectator way; it’s as if we are a part of that person. An extension of their soul.

If you often feel like you know what other people are feeling, even when they don’t say anything, you may be an empath. You may also be more sensitive to physical pain, noises, and smells than most people.



Rick Martinez

My journey began on food stamps • I help CEOs & entrepreneurs write & publish books that give them authority & legacy • Former CEO turned ghostwriter