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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

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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TSLS 0011 - 3 things you genuinely need in order to write a book this year

Have you ever wondered what it actually takes to write a book? What you actually need to take the dream out of your mind and set it into motion?

There are three things I wouldn't have survived without. And you might be surprised because they're actually not that outrageous or expensive or out of reach - so if you want this year to be the one, this is for you.

Get some support: accountability is the key.

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, did it make a sound?
If someone strives for a goal and no one cares, does it matter if they fail?

It’s too easy to default back to procrastination when no one is supporting you or your goals...waaay too easy.

Most of us don't have the strength to be accountable for ourselves even if we want it more than anything. No one is watching so we start slacking, then we realise that no one cares, which allows you to slack even more.

There's nothing like a community of people either learning together or going for the same goals to make big things happen. Nothing like a reality-check from your personal board of directors to help you make the one snap decision that changes your life. 

You need accountability in your creative life, and help finding it...which is where I come in (because I can help you get the RIGHT type of accountability).

Get some clarity: acquire the right kind of knowledge to move forward with your goals.

It's my life’s work to help you get creative and paid, and not by a fluke. It’s a passion and a craft that I've practiced and preached and earned from for years...so that you don’t have to.

You can now come right to the source, and get the results you’ve been yearning for your entire life. 

Imagine if there was a step-by-step framework that could help you navigate the hard parts. Imagine if you could use 15 principles as a roadmap to your success, always knew how to move forward with your creative projects, and were never hindered by your anxieties, insecurities or fears ever again. How's that for clarity?

Get some empowerment: so you can do the exciting (but hard) work

Listen to me closely, now, and answer honestly. Do you want it? Do you really want this? 

Then you should value a longer term strategies that will serve your writing career for a lifetime, over the fleeting joy of a quick scam weekend. If 12 weeks sounds too long to you, you're not in it to win it.

Work, actual work must happen for you to achieve the success you want. That doesn't change no matter how much you try to wriggle out of it and procrastinate and complain. But when you're empowered it can be fun. You can be unstoppable. 

The sooner you empower yourself with the right practices, principles and tools, the better.

This is why you needed to be in The Authorship Program® online course, like, yesterday.

But don’t worry…there’s still time!

The Authorship Program® online course does all three of these things - it provides you with 12 weeks of all the SUPPORT, CLARITY and EMPOWERMENT you could ever need on your journey to become the world’s next bestselling author. 

This is a multimedia experience that shows you how to use spirituality and personal development to break through any creative challenge. Using holistic approaches and 15 guiding principles, it works through 100+ of the most common anxieties, insecurities and fears writers have around writing and the writing life. This 12 week program offers you a complete makeover that will transform your mind and spirit. By the end of the experience, you will feel rejuvenated, confident, brimming with fresh new ideas, and completely prepared to break through any creative challenge

This program is way more than your average course: it’s an all-around guide to surviving the writing life. You'll come out of this program with a complete system for finding mentors, boosting productivity and for creating the life you’ve always dreamed of.

So, you've decided that you're worth it, right?
You've decided that the world needs what only you can offer. You've decided that your time is now.

It's time to CHALLENGE yourself to step up and level up your writing game in just 12 weeks.

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?

This is how you find out.

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TSLS 0006 - Your life's purpose is not about you.

Being a writer isn’t a choice...it’s a destiny. 

You can choose to ignore it if you want to.

You can choose not to pick up the pen today and slob out on the sofa instead - but there’s only so many days you can evade your purpose without starting to feel like a huge epic failure, and that’s a fact. Am I right?

There are hundred of glorious moments as a writer, but there are also a lot of times where we all wish it was easier. So, if you’ve ever looked at your manuscript and thought to yourself: 

“Why couldn’t I have had an easier lot in life? Why did The Universe hand this purpose down to me?”

Here’s the groundbreaking revelation you need to understand: 

Your life's purpose is not about you.

You weren’t given a purpose in life for your benefit - it was given to you so you can benefit the world. You have a duty to fulfil, and only in fulfilling it will you find your rewards.

Instead of thinking about how hard and unfair it is, think about how many reader's lives you'll touch. Think about how many people will smile as a result of your words, and how many people will be inspired by you throughout your career.

If you decided not to bring your stories into being, no one else in this world would. No one else could.

And that’s a wonderful reason to stick at it.

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TSLS 0003 - Why traditional writing advice doesn't work (and here’s what does)

Most traditional writing blogs today are inane, outdated, and just generally unhelpful. 

You know the ones - they talk about plot points and characterisation, sentence structure and three story arcs. When I'm stuck on a project, I have never gone to a traditional writing craft blog, read an article and been like: "Oh wow! I'm cured now!"

These blogs have their purpose, for a small segment of well adjusted creatives looking to expand their education, but they're next to useless for the issues that way more writers actually need help with - like creative blocks and feelings of worthlessness. 

If knowledge on its own was enough to inspire action and solve writing blocks, everyone and their mothers would have written a book by now - which proves that writing craft blogs just aren’t enough. Never have been, never will be. And I’ll tell you why:

They don’t speak to the part of you that’s scared.

Writing takes so much more than facts and figures and we all know this. And therefore, it’s not craft posts we need — it’s courage.

How often do we trawl through posts online, searching for something different, something new, something more? That’s not because we don't know the mechanics of how to write. It's because we're looking for permission - something to give us the fire to do everything we deeply want to do, the things that are burning inside our souls. It's not just about the technical side, but the emotional side, too. 

Writing advice needs to be practical, but also spiritual, for the times you feel like giving up on it all and need that extra boost of worldly encouragement. 

And THAT is what holistic writing advice is all about.

So let’s end reading craft blogs and feeling productive without having anything to show for it, and let's focus on what really works.

Writing advice with soul beats boring grammar tips, every time.

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