POLITICS IS SCARY (but let's advocate in the best and most creative ways we can...)

You guys --

In this intense, disturbing political era, The era of Trump, I can only believe that the madness on this earth 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 the world we live in.

I know many of you are feeling the strain, but 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.

So, my beautiful friends - I want to talk to you about The Authorship Program®, which isn't just "another writing course".

Whether you're just starting out or you're already an established writer, it’s your chance to take a leap forward and to make the impact you were meant to have in the world. The methods I teach in this course have made me a better writer, a happier person, and a gave me a roadmap I can use to create greater financial wealth for myself as a writer, on repeat, for the rest of my life.

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."

The Authorship Program® is the most in-depth, comprehensive holistic lifestyle course for writers that I’ve ever created, and with it, you will learn how to make writing a sustainable career and part of life, no matter what. Prepare for your writing life to change.

All the best,

Stephanie

P.S. Did you take The Authorship Program® last year? GREAT NEWS: Brand new modules, exercises and bonus content!

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What do you do if you feel like your creative work is important...just not important ENOUGH?

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.

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Writing in the era of Trump

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.

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36 more books in the process...and counting: follow my #wholewriter life

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...

AINAC

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. 

PROJECT H

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.

FEMME FATALE

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.

HOMECOMING QUEEN 

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.

CMIYC

A book about the origin of ideas, how ideas are formed, the lifecycle of ideas and what happens when an idea changes everything.

SPEED DEMON

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!

T.I.E.

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...!

WHAT'S NEXT?

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.

Come join us!

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What I've learnt on my journey as an award-winning author and writing 160 stories, poems and plays

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.

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Don’t let anyone get you down. (My new shirts + the story behind them)

New shirts today!

These are part of the #wholewriter collection, and they are special to me because they're so simple, yet effective. You'll come to notice that this is the theme of all my apparel designs soon enough! These ones read:

Don't let anyone anyone anyone get you down.

And that means so much to me.

This message came to me when I was pretty low.

I'd been betrayed by friends and family alike, stolen from, heartbroken and was just barely surviving after being abruptly ejected out of everything I knew. I looked to my right, then left, and there wasn't anyone I felt I could talk to about the issues I was having. No one I felt would even miss my presence if I wasn't around.

But then, that same day, as I was collecting old scraps of abandoned stories and diary entries that had somehow spilled out from my suitcase as I went to open it - right there on the hardwood floor was a piece of paper that had been completely destroyed by water, other than the words:

Don't let anyone anyone anyone get you down.

I couldn't remember writing that but there it was, in my handwriting. The only legible sentence in the right-hand corner of this tattered A4 sheet. And I couldn't help but think that in the depths of my despair, this message had been sent, either by myself subconsciously from a past life or from The Universe itself, to me, and specifically for me, in this precise moment.

Images of all the people that had wronged me flashed red before my eyes, but then, in blinding white, I let them all go. And decided that another human being should never be the cause of your ill health or struggle. Another human being is not worth you losing all the wonder and potential and power that makes you, and they do not have the power to take that away from you. You get to choose the impact other people have on your life, and how long you're going to allow it. That might not be an easy choice for other people to make, but it was the choice I made on that day, and I've never looked back.

So yes, such a simple phase...but one with so much power.

If you've ever felt that you were trodden down by something as inconsequential as another human soul, know that you were wrong. Because THE UNIVERSE created you. The flesh, blood or bone of others can not defeat you. So lean into the indomitable power of you.

You'll find your strength, and passion, and energy and creativity again, I promise.

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The official wholewriter t-shirt is here!

Let me tell you a little about what this little ol' T-Shirt means to me. 

It's a message. This shirt means you're a writer who wants to take care of themselves in the pursuit of all their hopes and dreams, and is proud enough to let the world know it. You're willing to share that message with all the other writers who struggle with self-worth, and with feeling that their talent or passion isn't good enough in the eyes of the world. 

It's a community. And one that others will find because of you. Can you imagine being the person who saves someone's life...someone who was feeling alone and unloved and unheard but finally finds their tribe, all because of you and your t-shirt? It opens a new world for those few people out there in the world that our message has not yet touched.

It is a plea to all struggling writers. Your mental, emotional, spiritual, physical and financial health? They are all so important to me. And I know that's a lot to believe when you're out there feeling all alone with your fears and weaknesses, but this shirt is to remind you that you are NOT alone. You are not the only one feeling this way, you are not the only person to have ever experienced setbacks or insecurities, and you are not the only person who cares about YOU. Because we do.

It is an invitation. To join the movement, to stick around, and to grow with the community into the best version of yourself that you can be; the person inside of you who is not afraid, to set an example to all those around you who were ever afraid to pursue their destinies on the account of them being "not seeming important enough in the world". For not being a STEM subject.

It's the future. It's the next generation of empowerment and compassion for all creative people worldwide. It is an era of open-hearted communication and respect for the wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people in our societies. It's working from the bottom up. And I hope you're ready.

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How's your #wholewriter?

I want to share a new greeting with you today, and I want it to become a thing.

I'm hoping it will help to create those amazing moments between people where they realise they have something in common - that they are part of the same tribe.

The next time you're among writer friends, start the conversation like this:

"Hey, how are you? How's your #wholewriter?"

Because this is a new thing, you WILL get some funny looks until it catches on...but that's a risk you should be willing to take in an attempt to make a deeper connection. 

You see, "How's your #wholewriter?" basically means:

"How are you, y'know, in your soul? Are you reaching the goals you've set for yourself, and if not, what's holding you back?"

Imagine how incredible it will be when writers all over the world get familiar with this simple question, and actually start using it. Because then, not only will the person who asked feel great about asking such a supportive question; the person who was asked will finally get to engage in the conversation their soul was dying for.

"You know, I've been feeing confident about myself and my work lately - just need to carve out the time to make the dream work."

"I've been working on my fear of not feeling good enough and it's really helped me get more work done, and feel more positive about myself as a whole."

"This week I finally ditched someone in my life that happened to be draining a lot of my energy and making me feel terrible. I'm so proud of myself, and happy to know that I don't have to feel that way anymore."

Let me tell you: These conversations are a million times better than those awkward "how's your writing going?" conversations that lead absolutely nowhere.

It may take a while before this catches on, or it may become the fastest initiative in history - but that all depends on us. So try it out with your friends. Ask them the question, send them this post, and ignore the confused stares until you break through, because it will create the ultimate connection. It's the sign that tells the world that you're open to supporting and having authentic conversations with your fellow writers.

And in doing so, you'll connect with those that are willing to do the same for you.

How’s your #wholewriter?

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The wholewriter blog hop officially begins today!

Alright, alright, folks!

This is something I've been super excited about for a long time...because it's such a cool way for us cool people to get together, connect and further the movement by sharing our hearts.

This is our blog hop, where we allow the voices of the movement to share their stories around a singular theme to create community among us creative souls.

The growth of this community is so personally important to me because all I have to do is think about that one young person out there at the moment, and all they have around them at the moment is naysayers and no positive role models. It is our job, as a collective community, to show this young creator that there are people out there just like them: the rebels, the storytellers, the misfits, who are not only surviving, but thriving.

We need to let them know that there is nothing wrong with them for wanting to pursue art, because in fact, the world needs their art - and their creative work has value. We need to let them know that they are not alone, for those restless, terrifying nights where they're up terrified of what the future holds and where they will fit in.

Here's how it works:

There will be a series of simple questions every week that you can post onto your own writer blogs.

Here's how to get involved:

Check out the library of prompts, respond to any one of the questions on your blog or on social media, link back and get more people involved. Aim to inspire!

What you get:

You get views to your lovely website, and the movement gains new members.

Let's do this! Thank you for reading!

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Awakening the #wholewriter: 3 simple practices for a fearless writing life

When you were born, you were without doubts, fears, and worries. You were whole.

Wholewriter: The strongest, bravest, healthiest version of you. The person inside you who is not afraid.

Along the way, people or events took you off course.

These people and events chipped away at you, and caused you to feel drained, stressed, and otherwise “lesser” than you truly were. 

They caused you to doubt your writing ability, and your potential to succeed, so much that you weren't sure you'd ever get back to who you were before. Am I right?

If this sounds like you, don't worry, you're not alone. 

As a writer, the ability to rebuild your self-worth quickly is what makes or breaks you, and that comes from within. So today I wanted to share something that you can use to get started with embodying your whole writer in everyday life. These three simple practices will help you do just that.

1. What do I want most right now?

What do you want most in the world right now? What would you like to achieve? What do you need to feel happy, fulfilled and successful?

If you're feeling stuck, there's no better way to get it out of your heart and mind than writing it down. I personally jot down notes on this in my AP daily planner every day. Dumping your thoughts, feelings and emotions on paper is super helpful, because it allows your mind to explore options freely.

2. What's preventing me from achieving it?

Did you know that 98% of the thoughts we have today are exactly the same as we had yesterday? And the day before? This means that more often than not, our issues are stemming from a deeply embedded insecurity that I like to call your "house principle". Every one has one, and they're all different.

For example: mine is perfectionism. When I have creative blocks or issues, 9 times out of 10 it's down to my perfectionist tendencies, so I think up ways to tackle this regularly. I tend to read the chapter on perfectionism in The Authorship Program® most days as part of my practice, just to put my mind at ease.

If you're not sure what your house principle is, get on my email list. I've got a free e-book that will tell you all about it, and help you discover yours.

3. What would my #wholewriter do?

Isn't that a powerful question? What would you do if you weren't crippled by insecurities? What would you be writing now? What would you be sharing? How would you be living?

There is a person inside you who is not afraid. Live accordingly.

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The person inside you who is not afraid (or, how to face your fears head-on today)

My hands were probably a six on the seismic scale as I stood naked in front of the mumbling, coughing, knee-shifting crowd.

Not really.

But having been out of the social scene for two months while working on new projects, it felt that way. 

I'd decided for some reason that the best way to dip my toe back into the water was to do a speech in front of over 500 people, including celebrities. Y'know, just to warm myself up. Because that was the rational thing to do, right? 

On the count of three, I forced myself to stammer something out. And there it was. My humble soundwave, travelling at light-speed into 500 people's eardrums:

"Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie Lennox, and I'd like to thank you all so much for being here today."

I'd over thought, over-analysed and obsessed over every single word of that introduction. I wrote, then deleted. Wrote, then deleted again. And still, it was terrifying. But it taught me a lot about fear and how to charge right past it.

That thing you're most scared of doing? The thing that's been keeping you up at night? It's suffocating you.

As we speak. Stealing your creativity, potential and motivation, when you should be working with these things instead of allowing fear to drain them away. How many more things is your relationship to fear actually costing you, right in this moment?

@@You don't realise how deeply fear has imprisoned you until you try to break free. - (Tweet this!)@@

"We are so accustomed to the comforts of 'I cannot', 'I do not want to,' and 'it is too difficult,' Pandora Poikilos once said, "that we forget to realise when we stop doing things for ourselves and expect others to dance around us, we are not achieving greatness. We have made ourselves weak."

The more you stall on an idea, the higher the pedestal rises and the more unobtainable it seems, but avoiding your fears will never make them any easier. Walk up with your head held high, however, and you'll see them shrink before you.

You are not weak. You have the power to carry this thing out, and you have the courage to get through.

When I used to send messages to editors and agents, I'd walk away from the computer at times to stop myself from sabotaging the emails. The voice in my head would hiss at me:

"OMG what did you just do? You look so desperate. Email and tell her it was a mistake!" 

But still, I'd sit with the discomfort. 

"She's probably opening it right now, and laughing at how much of a loser you are." 

Still, I'd sit with the discomfort. 

Eventually, the voice would change. It would say: 

"Okay, that wasn't so bad. It's done now, I did what I could, and I'm okay with that. I can't ever say that I didn't take the opportunity. Now, on to the next thing."

Don't worry about the "no's", or the worst case scenarios, because whatever happens, you'll grow.

You'll strengthen yourself in preparation for better things to come. You'll learn something. You'll have the courage to do it again, and even better. The most important thing, always, is that you simply move past the first hurdle, because it only gets easier from there.

And don't forget to consider the alternative.

What happens if I never face up to this thing that I'm scared of?

The alternative for me, if I had chosen not to stand up and share my story with that audience, was that I'd have ended up with no one to be vulnerable with - no one to laugh with, share resources, or celebrate my successes with. I might have missed the opportunity to meet the people I did, who I know will support me for life. 

If I had chosen not to stand up on that day, I wouldn't have received the thunderous applause and ovation I was apparently destined for.

Consider your alternatives - the best outcomes, and the worst - then ask yourself, isn't it worth the risk?

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The rise of the #wholewriter: how I am partnering with the most enlightened writers in the business to create a global movement (part two)

It's about time I talked about my family.

These are the people supporting the same causes as myself in helping writers create not just successful books, but successful lives.

This top ten list* contains the holistic and the spiritual, lightworkers, poetesses, INFJs and catalysts - the ten #wholewriters to watch this year -influential women who are dedicated to your emotional wellbeing and your creative soul. These are the people I myself trust with my own creative journey to help support me, so I hope they will be super useful to you as well.

I've talked about traditional writing blogs, and how much I hate them (besides these very select few), but OH do I love alternative creative blogs that speak to your soul. That is my whole deal, after all. 

It's time to celebrate my sisters and give you wonderful people a few more blogs to check out that share the same values we do.

Lauren Sapala - (Lauren Sapala)

Lauren Sapala is probably my oldest soul sister who has been there with/for me since the very beginning!

I still thank my lucky stars everyday that we got to meet, connected so well and respect each other so much that mutual support is so easy.

She's one of the people I thank in the acknowledgements of The Authorship Program® book and she was a crucial player in its creation and development.

Oh, and her blog? It is KILLER. It's not a request that you go and check it out, it's an ESSENTIAL - if you are a spiritually inclined type of person you will go crazy for the power in her words, her vulnerability and just insane practical knowledge of writing and the writing life.

Jackie Johansen - (Your Words Electric)

I feel like I've known Jackie forever and relate to her on a deep soul level.

She is just the kind of person that radiates so much good energy, just seeing her fun profile pictures makes me happy and she's always the friend I want to turn to when I need someone trustworthy and non-judgemental. I feel like if I had to be away from my business for whatever reason, there's no one I would want more to stand in for me than Jackie because sometimes I read her content and think "she's saying exactly what I was thinking."

Jackie is so cool, she's recently incorporated Reiki into her writing coaching - I've never seen anyone incorporate creativity and lifestyle in such a unique way, and so it's something I'm dying to invest in myself!

Cassie Paton - (Witty Title Here)

Cassie is someone that I was a huge fan of before we even became friends.

She was talking about motivation on her blog at the time, and I thought one thing in particular she said was so incredible that it's now a quote in The Authorship Program® book (and one of the most liked and favourited, at that). Immortalized forever.

Cassie is a powerful, passionate writer who now runs a blog "for female writers who give a damn".

I am just in love with everything she does, and know you will be too.

Jordan Rosenfeld- (Jordan Rosenfeld)

Jordan Rosenfeld is a reading, writing, creating MACHINE, and I'd be surprised if you haven't already heard of her.

Even if you think you haven't, there's a chance you might have read one of her articles on Writers Digest, CreativeLive or The Atlantic, to name just a few.

You have to go and check out how many places she's written for seriously, it's legendary.

I was first drawn to Jordan due to her blog tagline which is "Practice, Polish, Persist", but when we got to know each other even better through me conducting interviews with her and becoming friends, I loved that she had many more similar values to me in terms of creativity and wellbeing.

Jordan is a wise, loving, wonderfully creative artist and there is something for everyone over on her blog.

Claire De Boer - (The Gift Of Writing)

Claire De Boer is one of the strongest, most influential women I know and I always have 100% trust that everything she creates will be AMAZING. I tracked her down a couple of years ago and made her become my friend by sheer force of will, which was probably one of the best decisions I ever made.

I've seen her do so much great work over the years, including the work she dis as former editor of SheLoves Magazine.

Every favour she ever asks of me will be done, the answer will always be yes because I trust in her and her work, completely. 

Katrina Pffankuch - (Creative Katrina)

I love this woman so much I can spell her last name on the first try without even thinking about it, haha! As a fellow Leo, she just has a beautiful aura of calm and friendliness, and there is no one I rely on for spiritual guidance or support more.

She has a great podcast called Flirting With Enlightenment which is a blend of mindfulness, creativity and spirituality covering tips that help you tap into your inner wisdom.

Allison Marie Conway - (Glory Begin)

I owe it to Allison for giving me my favourite quote of ALL TIME: "Sometimes even more important than what you build is what you burn". 

What I love most about Allison is the way that everything she does or says is so unique and innovative.

Her work seems as if it comes from a higher place - as if she has no choice but to express it and share it with the world. Her aura of spiritual power has gained her quite a cult following, and with her new book Vein just out, I'm so excited to see how well she does in the months and years to come.

Jo Malby - (Inspire Portal)

Jo is one of my most treasured friends, an absolute wealth of knowledge and I am so proud to know her.

Having worked with Jo I know that the beacon of light that shines through in her words online is absolutely genuine - that she has a stedfast mission for creatives and is 100% committed to making it happen.

That mission is finding inspiration and offering it through creative and healing practices, ancient wisdom, and modern techniques, to fuel your writing, art, and life. I bow.

Colleen M Story - (Colleen M Story)

Colleen is one of the most consistently brilliant people I know. She's so hard-working and creative, I don't think I've ever seen her at a loss for words and ideas. And more, she is relentlessly supportive of other creatives.

Her blog is phenomenal, just jam-packed with incredible information that "puts the power of you behind your best creative life". 

Since a writer’s life is typically so sedentary, she started it to help inspire other writers, artists, and creatives to watch out for their physical and mental health while pursuing their art.

(Exactly the same thought process I had when I created The #Wholewriter Mastermind Group).

Lucy Flint - (Lucy Flint)

Lucy Flint is just a massive bowl of cheery sunshine. She's like the best friend every creative writer deserves. Go and say hi to her on Twitter and see if you don't feel better, just by the enthusiasm and energy she brings! I love how her passion shines through in her blog, which is about "the lionhearted writing life", and her product reviews are the most useful and relevant reviews I've ever come across. I can't WAIT for her book to come out.

So there you have it! I do hope you do check out all of these wonderful people and subscribe to their amazing, juicy content - you won't regret it. And let me know in the comments:

How many of these wonderful women did you already know about? Or is this all brand-new?

*This "top ten" was not written in order, I don't rank my friends. Haha.

This post contains affiliate links, so that Amazon can support me while I support my friends and their genuinely incredible works. #ethicalaffiliate.

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The rise of the #wholewriter: how I am partnering with the most enlightened writers in the business to create a global movement (part one)

Every movement attracts a certain type of people, and all of the people involved often share a good amount of shared traits.

So without further ado, here’s a list of questions to help you discover if you’re the type of person we want to join the #wholewriter movement. 

Do you know deep down that writing is your destiny?

Some people were born to be singers, some actors…but you know you were born to write. You might not have chosen it for yourself given the option, but you can't deny that writing is a part of you, and always will be.

Do you want to write no matter how hard it gets?

No matter how much you cursed your story yesterday, and threw crumpled pages against the wall, it never stops you from returning to that old manuscript. That old blank page, or that familiar blinking cursor on your laptop — again, and again, and again.

Are you a “die-hard” writer?

You find that it’s the best way to authentically express yourself, and always prefer to write than communicate in any other way when given the choice.

Do you know you have so much more to achieve in your writing and life?

If you just had a chance, you know you could do so much more for the world, if you just had what you need emotionally, or just knew where to start. The Authorship Program® gives you that place to start.

Are you ready to try a more holistic approach to the writing life?

You’re starting to realise that holistic writing advice is the new black, and the only way to really make a difference in your own writing career is to seek advice that speaks to your soul.

Are you ready to think bigger, play bigger, and leave your legacy with your words?

Isn’t it every writer’s dream to be thought of as a legend? To be discussed in the newspapers, to have their opinions respected by journalists and magazine publishers, and to have their talent studied in universities? You know that if you were to leave a brilliant legacy behind, it would most likely be through your novels.

Are you willing to do anything to make your dream a reality?

The Authorship Program® was built for the go-getters. The people who are simply dying for someone to set them on a path to success that they can run down. The people who were just waiting for the sign that they should up their game and finally become who they were meant to be.

This is it.

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Introducing the #wholewriter movement

Inside each and every writer who has ever been afraid to spread their message or use their voice...

Every writer who has grown terrified of what people think, or how they are perceived; who has ever received abuse for their art, or has ever failed, or has ever felt like giving up...

Inside each and every writer who has experienced these things, is a #wholewriter.

I'm talking about the person inside you who is not afraid. 

The inside you, somewhere, who is still a dreamer, a romantic, and who is still creative as ever. And who has never been harmed by criticism or negativity from others or from your own troubled thoughts. A person who is strong, and confident, and perfect. This person is just waiting for the day you realise that staying small isn't doing you any favours. 

This person is lying dormant under the weight of your fear and your insecurities, but it's easy to reconnect with them if you're willing to do so.

This is the movement:

The #Wholewriter Movement is an open conversation on social media dedicated to developing the next generation of writers through empowerment, advocating self-care & ending creative shame.

THERE IS A #WHOLEWRITER INSIDE YOU WHO IS NOT AFRAID. Welcome to the movement.

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Want to make an extra 10k on the side? No craziness, no getting naked...just The Authorship Program® Licensing Kit (and some essential FAQ's)

It's finally here!

It took approximately 2.5 seconds before the first group of people who had read The Authorship Program® were asking me if I was going to license out the system to people who would like to teach it to their own audiences. And of COURSE I said yes, and took the idea over as if it was mine all along...because what better way to help the message and the movement spread.

What am I talking about? Well, it's called The Authorship Program® Licensing Program - and it is a course that takes you step-by-step not only through the program's core principles and practices, but also how to effectively teach it to other writers and make some serious money along the way.

Now that it's finally complete - with a full mini masterclass available to anyone interested as well as the actual course in full swing - I wanted to make the most frequently asked questions readily available to anyone who was wondering what all this was about. So without further ado, here are all the deets.

Who is The Authorship Program® Licensing Kit for?

The Authorship Program® Licensing Program is for people who can answer this question:

Would you like to support writers, provide clarity for them, and empower them to live free of fear? Do you want to earn a good living and make a meaningful impact on the world?

If you answered yes, this is perfect for you. This is an opportunity to make money on your own terms, using a ready-made system.

What do I get with The Authorship Program® Licensing Kit?

  • Instructions that guide you step-by-step through how to deliver 1-1 coaching, workshops and retreats. It's like having me right there with you!

  • Detailed timelines for a 1-day, 2-day, and multiple-day course, plus an outline for how to use the process with your individual clients

  • Done-for-you e-mail templates

  • Checklists for before, during, and after the workshop

  • Graphics for use in newsletters, flyers, websites, social media, etc. to make it easy for you to get the word out

  • Recommended resources to help you set up, fill, and run your workshops smoothly

  • Special permission to use The Authorship Program® registered trademark for promoting and leading the program

  • A directory listing on the program course front page

  • Guest blog contributor opportunities to increase your exposure and establish your expertise

  • Blogging strategy, website copy + promotional tips

  • How to handle negative reviews, feedback and a done-for-you refund policy template

  • A spotlight in Stephanie’s newsletter which reaches thousands of subscribers every month

  • Connect with and learn from other licensed facilitators in a private online forum

  • Course testimonials to give you and the workshop an extra layer of credibility

  • Profit guidelines + earning potential

  • Your official APLF/APCC License (online + printable)

What do I need to do to begin? What are the pre-requisites?

Before you panic...you actually DON'T need any kind of previous qualifications in writing, teaching or publishing. After all, that's what this is - a training program for you to learn all you need to know.

You also don't have to have an established coaching practice of your own, or an audience, a blog, or even any published works of your own (although they would all help). Fact of the matter is, we don't discriminate because this kit is where we build you as a practitioner, so you don't have to come to us pre-baked.

The one and only thing you must have already done, is have read the book or joined The Authorship Program® course. 

But if you haven't yet, good news - you get the program included when you purchase the kit!

How's that for an FAQ? I can't tell you how excited I am to get you started, because I know this kind of work could change your life!

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NEW! The only facebook communities you should be joining this 2018. This is the year of FREE LOVE. All from me. (+ limited time offer inside!)

Hey everyone!

I know, I know  - you haven't heard from me in a long while, and now you've forgotten who I am. Well, here's the thing:

In 2017, *I* almost forgot, too.

2017 tested and stretched me to my limits. 2017 broke me, completely, then reshaped me into something I've never been before. 2017 redefined the possibilities, the limits in which I was prepared to push myself and how much I was prepared to take in order to fully live.

And at some points, the only thing that got me through was the love I know from all of you.

This was the first year of my life people I've never met took the time out of their actual lives to wonder where I was when I disappeared for the thousandth time. People actually looked for me and told me they missed me. People understood when I said I was in yet another transformation stage and were prepared to support me anyway, trusting me even when I wasn't sure where I was going myself. 

I want SO MUCH MORE OF THAT in 2018, even if I have to do it at my own expense...to show you how much I value you as part of my tribe, and to have you connect to me just that little bit more. 

Because I've realised that nothing makes me feel better, that making OTHER creatives feel better. It's a beautiful cycle that might just make the world a slightly better place.

So listen, I have some free stuff to give you.

1. I WANT YOU TO JOIN MY BOOK CLUB (FOR FREE).

I'm doing a massive re-launch of my signature online course, The Authorship Program® this year (which is a transformational online experience designed to help you conquer fear in your creative life in just 12 weeks...) and to get it out to the people who need it most, I'm going to need a book club. What's that? You don't have the book? 

Well shazam!

I'm intending to release the book version to you all for free from the 18th of June, for a week. Are you in?!

2. I WANT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS IN THE CLUB (FOR FREE).

I'll be hosting a hashtag within the group, #AskStephanie, where I'd be honoured to answer any and every question you have about the book, the creative life, creative business strategy, branding, creating and writing - anything you have in that beautiful mind of yours. 

The best Q+A's will be featured in my blog or expanded on in video, audio, or special downloadable format to help other writers in future, so you won't just be having your question answered, you'll be helping the community I'm striving to create.

3. I WANT TO GIVE YOU ALL KINDS OF EXCLUSIVE BOOK CLUB BONUSES (FOR FREE)

Yes yes, all kinds of bonuses. Branding strategy, free coaching sessions, discussion questions and more. 

So, what's the catch?

In order to receive this is to join the book club, all you need to do is join the group, get in on the conversations, nominate your most trusted friends to also receive the book, and look out for special missions that will promote the program to more people in return for personal support from me, insider news, and exclusive prizes!

I just wish I would have thought of this sooner. My mission is to help you all; my nearest and dearest already in the community and the many people that will be introduced to me through this new experience.

Will this really all be for free? YUP.

Have I gone insane? Probably.

But am I intending on doing something insanely great for the world? Yes indeed.

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Introducing The Authorship Program® Collection

Finally: a proven, step-by-step system to becoming a successful author on your own terms.

1. The Authorship Program® Online Course - https://www.stephanielennox.com/products/ap-course
2. The Authorship Program® E-Book - https://www.stephanielennox.com/products/ap-ebook
3. The Authorship Program® Paperback - https://www.stephanielennox.com/products/ap-paperback
4. The Authorship Program® Daily Practice - https://www.stephanielennox.com/products/ap-daily-practice
5. The Authorship Program® Coffee Mug - (out of stock!)
6. The Authorship Program® Keepsake Box - (out of stock!)

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7. The Authorship Program® Licensed Facilitators Kit: https://www.stephanielennox.com/products/tap-licensed-facilitator-kit

Your readers needs you. 👍

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Holistic problem management

What if there was a system you could use immediately, at any time, to help you out of a creative funk?

Amazing, right? Because you're a busy creative, trying to get paid, published and trying to save the world. And technically, there’s nothing stopping you from doing all of that. (Keyword: Technically). 

Mentally and emotionally however, it's a whole different story. So this is something I created and teach in The Authorship Program® called holistic problem management, which will help you pinpoint the not-so-technical issues in your writing life and move past them. 

When it comes to emotional issues, traditional methods don't work because:

  1. They don’t tailor to the emotional side of you; the side that just wants to be motivated, entertained and inspired.

  2. They only give you information about writing that doesn’t inspire you to act.

  3. The advice in traditional writing blogs is usually too generic and impersonal.

This is my response to those failing traditional methods, because HPM changes all of that. This post will be your in-depth guide into holistic problem management (HPM for short), what it does, and how it can help you succeed in your next writing project.

What is HPM and how does it work?

HPM is the practice of using the fifteen guiding principles from The Authorship Program® to analyse your situation, identify the problem, and find the right practice to solve it.

So when you hit a creative block, what you’d need to do then is to ask yourself these simple questions, which have been adapted from the principles:

1. Are you showing up?

2. Are you playing to your strengths?

3. Why aren't you deserving of success? Why not you?

4. Are you taking control of your own destiny?

5. Are you aware of your emotions and how they're affecting the situation?

6. Do you have mental and emotional support systems in place?

7. Do you remember what this will take you closer to?

8. Do you know what your purpose is?

9. Do you have a plan for when you feel unmotivated?

10. Can you motivate yourself in one sentence?

11. Do you know your goal, and do you have a plan for achieving it?

12. Do you know how to abuse your muse?

13. Do you have time limits?

14. Do you know what success will look like for you after you complete this project?

15. Do you know what happiness will look like for you after you complete this project?

The great thing about this process is that everything you need is already within you. Just thinking about these questions will prompt your brain and inspire it to find the answers you truly need to break through your blocks and succeed with your next project.

Once you start integrating HPM into your life, your writing life will change forever.

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