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TSLS 0046 - The story so far: about me, The Authorship Program®, and what a 10,000+ strong creative revolution might look like!

I believe that the reason so many writers fail is because we are our own worst enemies.

We tell us that we’ll never be good enough, that our efforts are a waste of time and that we should be doing something more worthwhile. And the worst part? The world tends to agree with us.

But I also believe that no one ever "chooses" to be a writer. It's not a choice, it's a destiny. Whether you want to do it professionally or simply enjoy it as a hobby, you shouldn’t have to put up with people’s opinions on your life-long passion.

If you don’t fight for this, who will?

It was a cold Monday afternoon when I decided that it was either time to give up on my dreams of a career and on my life, or find a solution. I needed a way to protect my sanity if I wanted to continue in such an unpredictable, uncertain industry. I needed a SYSTEM. Enter The Authorship Program®.

The Authorship Program® is a book, course and community, all with the same singular purpose…to drive home the fact that if you are a writer:

You deserve to feel good about the work you do.

I don’t ever want anyone to ever feel the same way I did on that day, ever. I hope no more lives are lost due to insecurity or shame about their creativity.

I’m creating this blog because I love helping writers lead better writing lives. I’m creating it because it’s the blog I want to read. I’m creating it because I believe that incorporating spirituality and personal development into your daily life is directly proportional to how much success you'll have as an author. And I’m here to share my never-before-seen insights, ideas and practices that you can’t get anywhere else.

Writers deserve to feel good about the work they do. It's a destiny, not a choice - one that you deserve to feel good about, enjoy the pursuit of, and live through without insecurity.

I’ve decided that my first step on the path is to set myself a goal with a time limit. I aim to help 10,000 writers achieve their goals by the age of 30, which will come at the end of 2021.

Here’s the full story so far:

November 21st, 2014: I start the book without a clue what I wanted to say or how. The words were just channeled through me, given to me as a gift to share with writers across the world.
January 5th, 2014: I enlisted the help of some of my closest friends in the writing community who were more than happy to beta test, and word started spreading about this awesome new lifestyle idea for writers.

May 10th, 2014: The book launched with a LIVE cover reveal and three 12-hour launch parties on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. In the time leading up to the launch, I shared free lessons, quotes, printables, worksheets and prizes on social media.
June 2014: I hear murmurs and get emails from writers who love the material, but wish there was more hands-on support and community to go through it with. I get to work on the online version of the program!

June 2014 - April 2016: The book becomes a success by all my standards. I’ve receive stories everyday from writers telling me how the program has changed their lives that have me in happy tears.

May 2016: I add the finishing touches to the online program…which has been a looong time coming, and only now do I feel it is ready to serve writers in the best way.

May 2016: The blog has already had several iterations, with lots of stops and starts while I figured out what I truly wanted this movement to look like. But now it’s all clear…and here we are. And I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Over the past few years, there have been so many extraordinary events which have lead to the creation of this blog today. It’s an end of an era for the writers of the world who have ever felt alone, and the beginning for what I’m calling the holistic lifestyle movement. It is all one hell of an adventure.

I refuse to be ruled by fear or shame any longer. This is the log of how I'm going to become remarkable…and I’d love you to join me.

If you’re new here and haven’t joined yet, we’d love to have you! Just enter your email below to join the community.

Again, welcome, and here’s to the beginning of the rest of your life.

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TSLS 0029 - #AskStephanie: How can I get through my half finished writing project?

There's nothing more tempting than giving up a project half-way through...

You don't have to tell me. I have about a million unfinished works that may never see the light of day, ever. I have the ones I'm uncaring about getting finished, but then I have the big ones that I feel gut-wrenchingly guilty about because of how much I believe they would benefit and entertain the world.

I'm guessing the project you're talking about now is one of those projects. Unfortunately, no matter what project it is, it takes the same amount of work to complete - but here's what you need to remember when you've been in a project for so long the magic has faded (and how to get it back).

You’re not in the honeymoon period anymore, and that's okay. 

It wasn't always that way, but things change. Sooner or later you have to accept the new circumstances so you can adapt, and start making changes.

The grass isn't greener on the other side; the grass is greener where you water it. 

I don't know who first said that quote, but it's stuck with me since I first heard it. Even if you feel you're struggling, it doesn't mean it's time to look for a new, shinier project and throw all your hard work away. Things can get better if you put the effort into making it happen.

You believed in yourself and the project once, never forget that.

It’s impossible to finish a creative work without belief in yourself, but it's possible to restore it. Just because you're not at the bright-eyed infatuation stage of your creative work doesn't mean that where you are right now isn't okay.

It doesn't mean you can't make it better.

It doesn't mean you're not exactly where you're supposed to be.

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TSLS 0027 - #AskStephanie: Why have I been comparing myself to others so much recently?

When you're comparing yourself to others, you're receiving a direct message from The Universe. So it's time for you to start listening to your emotions.

When we compare ourselves or envy others, it's actually not for the reasons we assume. It's actually not because they have better looks, more talent, or more money.

We compare ourselves to others when we feel they have something more that we believe is out of reach for us.

We're really admiring the intangibles. Their courage, their perseverance, their willingness to show up in the world. And we're wondering to ourselves whether we have what it takes to be like them, to exhibit those qualities for ourselves.

The #wholewriter within you knows that these qualities are inside you...but you're just not allowing yourself to use them. That's why seeing these qualities in others is becoming a negative experience.

Comparison is a reflection of what you are not allowing yourself to do.

I repeat:

@@Comparison is a reflection of what you are not allowing yourself to do.@@

You can become more skilled in any area of expertise if you make the conscious decision to do so. There's nothing stopping you - except, of course, the fear you might fail. Or the worry that it might be hard. Or the struggle because right now, your favourite TV show is on.

Every day, in every moment, this is how you actively discourage yourself from living your dreams.

I know you want it, but you're afraid. Which is why it's much easier to hate on others, or throw a big ol' pity party for yourself, instead of facing up to the fact that to be like this person you admire, something has to change.

The only difference between you and them is the choices they've made.

The Universe is challenging you to face up to your biggest fears.

It's challenging you start giving yourself more chances. 

It's challenging you to become the person others compare themselves to.

Are you up for the challenge?

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TSLS 0026 - #AskStephanie: What is the best affirmation I can use to stop being so overwhelmed?

If there are no physical or physiological reasons for your lack of creative work, then all it takes is a mindset shift.

You've got to take matters into your own hands and remind yourself, “I have the power to change this.

If you’re not living an intentional life, you’re living an unintentional one. Your entire lifestyle is a choice you’re making (or not making) every single day. As Lewis Howes once said:

“Every moment you get to choose how you show up in the world, and how the world shows up to you.”

So here is the question you need to meditate on if you're not making the impact you want to during the day:

How do I need to prepare?

How do I need to prepare? How do I need to prepare for this work? How do I need to prepare for this day?

Close your computer.

Grab a pen.

Take five minutes to write down the answers to those questions, and you will turn your whole day around. Because often that's all it takes to stop the endless chatter in your mind; the overwhelm, the confusion and despair.

Just one step at a time, one simple practice at a time, that's all it takes.

Being intentional is all about, well…the intention. There needs to be an expectation and intention behind every day. Without that, it’s too easy to fall back into the mediocre life that has already carved out for you.

Stop letting the worries rattle around in your head and get it all out on paper. Make a plan.

Prepare for more.

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Writing in the era of Trump

It's about time I wrote about Trump.

I never ever thought I'd get political here, but the Trump situation just become too much of an elephant in the room to not address...since it's been affecting so many of the people I work with, their work, and my own.

In a time where children are being snatched from their families as "punishment" for fleeing their own tense and violent home countries, then being forced to PAY to have them returned...you'd really believe we were living in some kind of shocking, but still only fictional dystopia. We watch movies on TV and read books about things like this happening in the past, and truly believe that nothing of the sort would ever happen in our lifetimes because society has advanced much further then, hasn't it? 

But then...events happen. Atrocities occur right in front of our eyes. And unless we take the time to speak up about them, they will only continue, and before we know it we are accomplices in a world that is completely spiralling out of control.

With all of this happening, you can imagine how hard it is to be in your tiny writing bubble, your small sphere of imagination, trying to write about the perhaps lighter, more fun fictional works you once used to do. This is the message I have been receiving over and over from writing friends and clients across the world of late. How does one concentrate...? Does it mean we're turning our backs on what's happening? Do we sacrifice our time and our peace until happier times are upon us?

I want to give a huge shout out to Alice* on my email list who was the first person to email me to express her concerns about this. You inspired this post, honey, so thank you. 

If you're one of the people all over the world who are feeling this way, this is for you.

It can feel pretty useless writing about pixies and fairies when a tyrannous orange man is taking over the world...and not even in your story. You care, as you should. And you shouldn't feel bad or guilty about that. This is one time where your hesitation or discomfort isn't coming from creative fear, but deep, primal fear. Fear of simply surviving in the world we're currently inhabiting - even if you don't live in America and aren't affected by any issues yet personally.

I myself am not American - but to think that issues happening in other countries can't or won't affect your life at some point would be grave ignorance. To ignore Trump at this point is to ignore xenophobia and racism, healthcare disasters and hate crimes, and it doesn't matter who you are, you're allowed to feel some type of way about it. 

Writers are 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.

Don't ever think that someone else's pain is "none of your business".

As a writer, it is especially your business to know what is happening in the world, to have your own opinions about it, to be accepting and to speak for those who can't speak for themselves, and to lift people up, even if that person you manage to do that for is yourself.

Your writing can be an avenue for you to vent your frustrations about the world in an artistic way, because grounding it in your current truth can help to bring back deeper meaning, passion and relevance to your work.

Besides actively getting involved with protests, calling your representatives and speaking up against what you do or do not believe in (if you're in America), writing can be a powerful and authentic form of activism. Your method of educating those that might be in better positions to help, simply by you helping to ignite the spark in others. 

We must continue until we can see a way out, a better future, and sense sinks back into the veins of our society. Until then...

The world is truly weirder than fiction.

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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 0020 - 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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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 - Traditional writing advice doesn't work.

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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