HI, I'M STEPHANIE
...and I'm just a writer with a lot to say.
...and I'm just a writer with a lot to say.
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You guys --
In this intense, disturbing political era, The era of Trump, I can only attempt to believe that the madness is reaching a peak - and at some point, even the most bigoted of people will come to their senses and come together with the rest of us in an attempt to save this earth we live in.
I know many of you are feeling the strain, just like I was...but I promise you this: if you're a writer, this isn't the time to shy away. If you're a writer, the only way to save yourself in these uncertain times is to go deeper into what you love to create. When you feel you can't, you must. After all, it is the art of creating, above all else, that will save us.
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The Authorship Program® is my answer to "a moment in human history of unprecedented technological, political, and ecological strangeness", as Martha Beck once said. "Things could go horribly wrong for humanity at this point – or they could go wonderfully right. Everything we do as a species is supported and directed by the way we think, the way we make meaning of our world and the stories we tell each other about it. In spite of everything, the pen really is still mightier than the sword."
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Last week I was talking about writing in the age of Trump:
Specifically, about how many writers I know are finding it hard to be in their usual creative headspace when the real world around them seems so urgent to be present for at the moment. So today I wanted to share a story.
When I first started writing "Femme Fatale", I had this constant feeling that nothing I was doing or creating was quite important ENOUGH. My piece "Femme Fatale" was about heartbreak - which just didn't seem all that important in relation to other issues in the world at that moment...like, not even in the top 10.
I tried to Google the issue, but it kept coming up with results for the question "is my work important?" and that is a completely different issue. I do think my work is important, and I do think it will impact people's lives as all art does in one way or another...but what I was asking was, is it important ENOUGH?
I suppose what I was looking for was PERMISSION to complete it.
As a black member of the LGBT community, there's almost always something I SHOULD be angry about or writing about. With all the injustices going on in the world today and with so many people voiceless and disempowered, I don't know of one person without their own personal social, religious, political or economic burdens on their shoulders.
But all of it can get disheartening. It can put you and your art in a box, and frankly, it can be exhausting at times. It wasn't long before I realised that to even have the passion, energy and vigour to continue the fight another day, sometimes you have to do things for yourself; things that lighten your spirit and soul, or you'll burn out from all the stress (which helps no one).
So here's the thing:
It's okay to do something even if the only reason you have to do it is because your heart tells you to.
Do it because your heart tells you to.Because in doing so, you open up your greatest revelations.
You simply don't know how "important" is really will be until you do it.
Back to my "Femme Fatale" piece. Like I said before, heartbreak didn't seem all that important in relation to other issues right now in the world...it's not even in the top 10. But at the time, when I was going through it? And to someone who is currently going through it? That makes it the most important thing in the world.
I would never go up to someone and compare her pain to something else, and tell her not to feel the way she does simply because I believe that there are more important things going on in the world, so I have vowed not to do that to my art.
"Not important enough" is simply another translation of our fear of getting started and creating something if you think about it, isn't it? The fear of wasting time and failing. But who knows where it can take you, if you ignored those feelings that prevent you from even trying and actually completed it, instead of spending all your time judging something that hasn't even yet made it out of your mind? It only has the potential or opportunity to do something incredible for someone else if you, y'know, actually make it.
Many artists will tell you that it was the thing they threw together in frustration sometimes that turns out to have become one of their most popular, treasured and loved pieces by their fans. It's not really your duty to analyse the thing in your head that you're being told to create by the Universe.
Ridiculous or serious, fiction or non, art is still a bold statement in the world about your personal freedom, the way you want to express yourself in this world, and your power to speak out about what you deserve to.
So this is me giving you permission to create the art you want.
Your work might not make an impact, or, it might also be the single piece of work that changes your life.
You literally, simply don't know.
Even the things you love to this day were once doubtful flickers of ideas in the mind of a neurotic creator.
It's about time I spoke about Trump.
I never ever thought I'd get political here, but it's just become too much of an elephant in the room to not address...especially since it's been affecting so many of the people I work with, their work, and my own.
I want to give a huge shoutout to Alice* on my email list who was the first person to email me to express her concerns about being able to concentrate on her creative work when she felt that her country and the world, were literally going to sh*t. You inspired this post, honey, so thank you.
If you're one of the many other people feeling this exact same way, this is for you.
I'm not even American, but to think that issues happening in other countries can't affect yours would be grave ignorance. To ignore Trump at this point is to ignore xenophobia and racism, healthcare misnomers and hate crimes, and it doesn't matter who you are, you are allowed to feel some type of way about it. Writers are also citizens of the world as much as any other person - you don't have to be IN politics to be political, or to care about politics.
It can feel exceptionally useless when you're writing about pixies and fairies when a tyrannous orange man is taking over the world...and not even in your story.
So let me just get this off my chest, so perhaps maybe at some point I can get back to writing the fictional works that I so love to write.
Don't ever think that someone else's pain is "none of your business".
You are a writer, it is your business. To learn and to be accepting and to speak for those who can't speak for themselves, and to lift people up, even when that person is just you.
It's interesting because in my creative artistic life, my heart tends to go out to whomever needs it most in the moment. All my life I happened to have been in some of those social and ethnic groups (i.e. black and a member of the LGBT community), but lately it seems like Trump is creating much much bigger issues that could potentially affect all of us as a human race, not to mention targeting some of the most vulnerable members of society such as the youth and the disabled. Like Katt Williams said, this isn't a racial issue, it's more of a class issue now - them vs the rest of us. And that makes it my business.
Your writing can be an avenue for you to vent your frustrations about the world in an artistic way. It doesn't necessarily have to be about a certain person, but it can reflect the issues you care about in the moment, in however way you see fit, and perhaps that will bring back meaning and passion to your works, while grounding it in your current truth and helping your work regain that feeling of relevance and meaning.
Besides actively getting involved - which is always an option, let's not forget - writing can be your sincerest act of activism. Your method of educating those that might be in better positions to help, simply by you igniting that spark. We must continue until we can see a way out, a better future, and that some sense has sunk back into the veins of our society.
The world is truly weirder than fiction.
One of the main reasons I created The Authorship Program® was so I could move forward past my own fears and get back to doing what I loved: writing novels.
So of course, this blog is going to be filled with little snippets, anecdotes and personal stories about my own journey completing all these stories that plague my mind.
The one question every non-writing person loves to ask me is what book am I writing now? Which sometimes isn't a straight answer because I can often be working on multiple projects at one time, so I decided to create this little list that I could easily refer them to what's happening currently in my crazy, transgressive artistically-inclined mind.
As well as this, I'll keep coming back to this post and adding news to each project so you can have a peek at how it's all going. So the next time I say "I'm writing my book", it'll most likely be one of these.
The "36 books" thing is my little inside joke, because whenever people ask me how many projects I'm working on I say 36, regardless of the actual number. There's always around that number of projects swimming around in my head at any given time, though! So it's very possible since at the time you read this post, some may have been completed, new ones added and so on.
Also, for anyone wondering how I manage all of these projects at once, the answer is I don't. I have certain weeks for certain projects, and compartmentalise my time, haha. So without further ado, allow me to introduce you to my upcoming projects...
A cutting, satirical look into art and writing in the 21st century, how young people navigate it, and what to do about all the strange whispers and looks we receive along the way.
A book about how to aggressively achieve anything you want in life...(and more). This is shaping up to be an incredibly powerful, relatable, empowering book that will benefit so many people, even if I do say so myself. I can't wait to share the tagline too, it's killer.
A spoken word poetry collection about a life, touched by the universe's multi-faceted young women that we all might be lucky (or unlucky) enough to encounter throughout our lives. Fuelled by personal and powerful real-life experiences, Femme Fatale is a journey that celebrates the spiritual, emotional and sexual power of women.
A spoken word poetry collection about overcoming adversity, coming of age and coming full circle.
THE SEVEN YEAR GAP YEAR
A book about a seven year adventure around the UK and how it changed my life forever, written in an exaggerated, transgressive, humorous memoir style.
A book about the origin of ideas, how ideas are formed, the lifecycle of ideas and what happens when an idea changes everything.
This one will be a book but also another course, about the power of speed to not only get what you want done today, but also in the greater scheme of your life's goals and purpose.
SC - A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Ooh, I'm so excited for this one! It's something I've never done before - a steampunk novel for young adults - but it will be EPIC.
THE MINA SCHWARTZ EFFECT (BOOK)
Based on a popular article I did about comparison under this same name, I've decided to expand my thoughts about how to overcome jealousy and caring about what other people are doing on the journey towards your greatest good, including some killer case studies from people who have already overcome it.
E1, E2, E3 - A THRILLER SERIES
My fave, fave, fave thriller series. The first was completed ages ago but I realised as I went on that the full story needed to be told in three parts because there was so, so much more to tell. This series is about a silver screen siren turned serial murderer. (Yep, try saying it three times fast, folks.)
#WHOLEWRITER: THE BOOK
What kind of writer would you be if you weren't afraid? What would your #wholewriter do? That's right - the official personal development and spiritual bible of the #wholewriter movement is coming, and I'm so excited to lay its legacy down on paper. Featuring the movement, the journey, and you!
A fictional post-apocalyptic novel about a world where everyone who dies immediately goes to Heaven, and the chaos that ensures in such an alternate Universe.
THE C+ MAN
A thriller about a guy who runs a large organisation...and that's literally all I can say for now...!
If you'd like to go real deep with me on any of these projects...(plus new ones I create especially for members!) you can check out Lennox Media: a Patreon studio and community that gets the everyday behind the scenes of how I write, when I write, and what I'm writing next.
With special features, opportunities to contribute and be credited as the projects expand, and guest appearances from some of my nearest and dearest - the most talented authors, songwriters, producers, lightworkers, podcasters and designers around...you will LOVE everything about this community and find the inspiration you need to complete your works, too.
I don't get everything right the first time.
I miss deadlines and let people down (which is just part of being a flaky, transgressive artist).
I wish I could do more for people than I do, even though I know I do more than others. I judge and compare and compete sometimes, (although I like to think less than most).
Yet, despite all this - I've managed to create the life I've always wanted for myself. I wake up every morning excited to do what I'm doing, which I know would make Simon Sinek pretty proud. And so I thought I'd share some of the things I've learnt along the way.
Whatever you do, the universe will make it work for you.
There is no singular way toward your destiny, and even if you feel you've messed up somewhere along the line, you can't mess up your destiny. You haven't missed your shot at a creative life by being too young, or too old. You didn't miss the opportune moment, because another already arrived, just now.
Nothing is wasted.
People usually say: "everything happens for a reason", but I don't think that's quite accurate enough, so instead I prefer to say nothing is wasted.
There may have been some events in your life that may not have been enjoyable, but their effect in your life was used to change or strengthen or educate you in a way that you would not have experienced otherwise. We'e all experienced THAT before, haven't we? That feeling of:
"Wow, thank God that thing happened or I wouldn't have gotten to this other thing!"
Trust that the events in your life are always working towards your greater good, even if you aren’t able to see that right now. You never know what you might really appreciate about the "bad" event in future, because it either taught you something important, or led you to better things.
You have a purpose and are here for a reason.
Your overall purpose as a human being in general is to do what you can to expand upon and improve the human race. Then there is your individual purpose to fulfil, as well.
This can be hard to remember when the bills are pouring in, you're stuck in a dead end job where you think you have no voice or you have absolutely no idea what to do next, or how it would make a difference.
Just know that if you stay open, the answers will be revealed in time. Even if it is in hindsight. As long as you remember point #1 and now #4 below...
Your inner guidance system always, always, always knows best.
Your intuition is yours for a reason: to keep you on your path. Follow what feels right, and what comes easy and naturally. It doesn't have to make sense to anyone else but you. You don't have to explain yourself. This is the best way to respect the larger forces in your life, and it will allow whatever is destined for you to easily find its way.
You are the result of the love of thousands.
You are the result of four billion years of evolutionary success. There are stars in your DNA. And in Linda Hogan's words, “You are the result of the love of thousands.”
Stay mindful, stay grateful, stay humble and quietly confident; you won’t get so bogged down by comparison, self-doubt, or insecurities.
Your meaning of the words "success" and "happiness" are completely yours.
They are more than just words, remember that.
Success and happiness have got to mean something incredibly personal to you.
The Universe can lead you to them, but what is the point if you won't be able to recognise them when you get there? Would you be able to accept the gifts that life presents to you and walk away from envy and comparison of what others have? Do you have an end point so you can stop the constant anxiety and stress of pushing desperately forward?
What the Universe has in store for you (and knows that deep down you need the most) may not be the glitziest, most in-your-face thing. It might not be the thing you most crave in this self-absorbed, crazy, narcissistic world. But it will be what will bring you the most peace.
And it'll be yours.