Today on Simplify Blogging, I'm chatting with Stephanie Lennox. She's an award-winning author, keynote speaker, holistic writing coach and wellness advocate. She’s also the founder of "The Authorship Program®" – a book, blog and online course that helps writers write successful books and lead successful lives through spirituality and personal development. For free tips on feeling well and writing well, you can visit her at www.theauthorshipprogram.com.
SS: Tell us about your business + blog!
Hey everyone! My name is Stephanie Lennox and I'm a writing coach.
I run a holistic lifestyle program for writers all across the world, that doesn’t just help them write books, but shows them how doing so will transform their lives. It offers a 15-step solution to helping writers overcome their fears and achieve greatness in all areas - mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
SS: You're not only a writer yourself, but you work with writers. What are some of your top tips to help writers make a living from their craft?
There's no external circumstance that's strong enough to overrule hard work, persistence, and belief in yourself. If you know you have the skill that's needed for any position in life, don't allow the opportunity to pass you by, because you believe you're not ready.
There are hundreds of millions of people in this world - and I promise you, someone out there's looking for what you have to give them. While you can't rely on anyone else to stick up for you, or to know what you need, you must be able to articulate your minimum requirements and stick to them.
You owe it to yourself to be the best you can be, because you won't be able to live with yourself if you don't. This includes making sure you, and everything you have created, is being respected at the highest degree, every single day.
- Stop wishing it'll happen for you, and commit to making it happen.
- Do what works for you and discard the rest.
- Don't ever, ever limit yourself in your own mind.
- You are responsible for your actions (or lack of actions).
- Prepare to be knocked down, and plan how you will get back up.
- The people around you are either helping or hindering you - choose wisely.
- Know what you value most so that you always stay humble and grounded.
- Follow your heart and it will lead you to your highest purpose.
- Dig deep to find the reason why what you're chasing is important to you.
- Find a way to put it into words so that it can instantly motivate you in hard times.
- Know what you want with complete clarity.
- Nothing in your mind or your heart matters until you manifest it into a form that serves other people.
SS: Tell us about your book!
It's called The Authorship Program and it helps writers write successful books and lead successful lives through lessons in spirituality and personal development. Using holistic approaches and 15 guiding principles, it works through 100+ of the most common anxieties, insecurities and fears that tend to surround writing and the writing life. Things like:
- How do I beat writer's block?
- How do I stop comparing myself to others?
- How can I live up to my full potential?
- and much, much more...
If you've ever found the writing life lonely, stressful or emotional - this is the book for you.
It will help you overcome the emotional and psychological obstacles preventing you from becoming the #wholewriter you were destined to be.
SS: What are the struggles you've encountered as a blogger? How did you overcome them?
I'm sure a lot of bloggers will be able to relate to this - what I struggled with most starting out was comparison, and the feeling that I wanted to become "big" overnight. The problem with this, is that wanting to be big overnight is exactly what keeps you small. Your dream is something you have to grow into in your own time and comparison only hinders that.
This is something I had to discover for myself, the hard way, but when I did I wrote about it in a post entitled, The "Mina Schwartz" Effect (Or, How To Stop Comparison From Destroying Your Writing Career.)
SS: What are your blogging goals for 2015?
I want to continue providing value in the most educational, entertaining way that I can. I want to help people wrtie incredible novels, and live free of fear.