Discipline is freedom.

Discipline is freedom.

Discipline is freedom.

I know that sounds crazy, but consider the relatively undisciplined life most writers live now: A life where we're slaves to our moods. When we're tired, we sleep. When we're hungry, we eat. When we're horny, we (uhh, you get the message...!)

But without discipline, our lives are being filled by mundane, unfulfilling and unconscious tasks - and those words become synonyms for our lives in general.


Stephanie Lennox is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, holistic writing coach and wellness advocate. She’s also the founder of The Authorship Program®, a 12-week immersive experience that helps writers conquer fear in their creative lives. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share this post:

My process of banishing sneaky, clingy "crutch words" from my writing life

My process of banishing sneaky, clingy "crutch words" from my writing life

When I was writing my first romantic novel, for a good few weeks I was repeatedly telling everyone that I was "struggling".

It was my crutch word. 

Everything was a struggle, or I was struggling in some way. For example: "I'm really struggling with this one part of the plot at the moment." or "It's a bit of a struggle, but I'm getting there..."

It felt right at the time, it garnered sympathy and made it feel like my problems weren't my responsibility to solve...like the world was simply being unfair so everyone should pity me and give me things. But here's the thing:

A crutch word or phrase is a curse you cast on yourself. 


Stephanie Lennox is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, holistic writing coach and wellness advocate. She’s also the founder of The Authorship Program®, a 12-week immersive experience that helps writers conquer fear in their creative lives. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share this post:

Six spiritual guidelines for your creative life

Six spiritual guidelines for your creative life

The chances of us even being born, then being exactly who we are now, and surviving to the point where you're reading this, are insane. 

The chances are astronomical, and yet here we are.

I believe that simply remembering this - staying aware of these higher forces and doing whatever we can to practice that awareness in your every day life - is the essence of spirituality. When you strive to make your lives meaningful and worthwhile through sharing your unique gifts, you're paying great homage to the larger forces that brought us to life.


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Who am I to share my story? (Or, banishing impostor syndrome and embracing your "wounded healer")

Who am I to share my story? (Or, banishing impostor syndrome and embracing your "wounded healer")

Have you ever felt like you weren't in a position to be lecturing others because you weren't completely perfect? I have. 

I used to think that admitting failures, struggles or setbacks in my own personal life would somehow make me look less credible, but most of the time, I've found that the case is usually the complete opposite.

All that feeling means, according to Carl Jung, is that you're a "wounded healer".


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Writers, it's time to kick "The Judge" out of your house.

Writers, it's time to kick "The Judge" out of your house.

There are two parts of every writer: you, and the judge.

You are carefree, passionate, and someone who loves the act of turning words into art. You laugh at spelling mistakes and swear in your first drafts. Your grammar is terrible, but you don't care. You paint with your words, make up things that make no sense at all, and when you're in the zone in this way, you love it. 

The Judge is a hard-faced cow who only cares about the outside world, the impact the work will have, and to whom. She's the one that makes you change words, backspace, edit plot points and structure. She is uptight, terrified and of course, judgy.


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A better alternative to "be yourself"

A better alternative to "be yourself"

The phrase "be yourself" has lost a lot of meaning lately, and more often than not, the phrase simply frustrates people more than it helps us.

We are being ourselves, at all times, aren't we?

Unless we're intentionally lying or deceiving. We are all here, right now, in our bodies, in our shells - we are here, we are present, and the only thing we can be is ourselves. 

If anyone has ever said this to you, it probably left you thinking, "What do I specifically need to do?" 


Stephanie Lennox is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, holistic writing coach and wellness advocate. She’s also the founder of The Authorship Program®, a 12-week immersive experience that helps writers conquer fear in their creative lives. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share this post:

Your negative emotions are your muse in disguise

Your negative emotions are your muse in disguise

If there's one thing I've learnt in my creative life, it's that you just can't sit around waiting for the right feeling to hit.

Sometimes it will be there, sometimes not.

Sometimes the feeling that does manifest will be negative. But none of that means you aren't still as creative, wonderful and useful as you were yesterday. In fact now, you're bringing something new to the table. 


Stephanie Lennox is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, holistic writing coach and wellness advocate. She’s also the founder of The Authorship Program®, a 12-week immersive experience that helps writers conquer fear in their creative lives. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share this post:

My five rules for your next writing project

My five rules for your next writing project

This is what used to happen every time I started a new writing project:

I'd be super passionate and excited, and even though I was ready to go, there would always be one tiny problem. I could hear this tiny nagging voice in the back of my mind, reminding me of my shortcomings from the LAST project I started. How much time I wasted, and all the things I could have done better if I'd organised my time, my outline or my mindset more efficiently.

So I'd promise myself that this time it'd be different, and that everything would work itself perfectly this time, only to fall back into the exact same patterns over and over again - until I figured out these five simple rules. And I can't tell you enough how setting down these simple foundations saved me from so many problems further down the road.


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You are more than enough.

You are more than enough.

All my life I've known exactly who I am.

I'm the "creative, artsy, intellectual one" in most of my social circles. I'm the one who 'knows about computers' to anyone in my family over 50 years old. I'm Steph to my friends, Stephanie Lennox to the world, Stevie Lennox on musical.ly.

My purpose in life is to encourage people, and to create platforms where people can be creative, expressive, and bring their ideas to life. I know this, and embrace this...


Stephanie Lennox is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, holistic writing coach and wellness advocate. She’s also the founder of The Authorship Program®, a 12-week immersive experience that helps writers conquer fear in their creative lives. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share this post:

Comparison is nothing but a challenge from the Universe

Comparison is nothing but a challenge from the Universe

We all know what it feels like to put ourselves side by side with someone and not measure up, metaphorically. It feels terrible - but there's a reason for that.

Feelings of jealousy and worthlessness are a message from The Universe.


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You're way closer to becoming your "best self" than you think.

You're way closer to becoming your "best self" than you think.

Who wants to be their best self?

Even as a recovering perfectionist, I know I do. And there's nothing wrong with that!

As a culture though, we've started to put this idea of our "best selves" on too high a pedestal. We expect too much of ourselves and that only creates disappointment and self-loathing in the short term, which isn't good for anyone. So I'd like to propose a change.


Stephanie Lennox is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, holistic writing coach and wellness advocate. She’s also the founder of The Authorship Program®, a 12-week immersive experience that helps writers conquer fear in their creative lives. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share this post:

When writing is your long-term lover (and it's time to renew the spark...)

When writing is your long-term lover (and it's time to renew the spark...)

Have you ever had this feeling of dread come over you as soon as you sit down to write?

The dread that makes you say, “Screw it, I’ll try again tomorrow”, just so you can escape the feeling?

The last time I felt like that, I talked it out with a friend. It had been happening for a while, but I was adamant it was just a phase that I would come out of sooner or later. I was in extreme denial and didn't want to say anything negative about the writing, or the project. I was proclaiming that I LOVED it all.


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Writer's block isn't an incurable disease (Woohoo...!)

Writer's block isn't an incurable disease (Woohoo...!)

We've all experienced the dreaded "Writer's block" at one time or another.

You know, that feeling that all your best ideas have been stolen away by "the boogeyman".

Where you can't remember your writing voice and everything you spit out seems stale and unoriginal. That is, if you're spitting out anything at all. A lot of the time you're just in the staring phase, where you're paralysed by the blank page and the thought of smearing it is making you a little sick, to be honest.

It's been annoying, frustrating and even debilitating for me at times in the past, so I can relate if you're reading this and you're in it right now...but I also have some ultra-fantastic news for you.


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The other human beings (or, why you should ignore everybody and write what you were meant to write)

The other human beings (or, why you should ignore everybody and write what you were meant to write)

Typically, writing comes super easily to me.

It's just a streaming set of thoughts that flow from my mind, through my forearms and wrists, and into this weird computerised machine that collects my thoughts and makes them readable for other human beings to enjoy.

All of that comes to a halt, however, when I think about the "other human beings". 


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The writers, the artists, the philosophers...the dearest to the Gods.

The writers, the artists, the philosophers...the dearest to the Gods.

This post is simply to share a beautiful email I received recently.

Since starting this blog, and introducing people to the idea of the #wholewriter: your strongest, bravest, healthiest, most creative self, and the person within you who is not afraid, people have not hesitated to come forward and share with me some incredible testimonies to this philosophy that I continue to be humbled by every single day. 

(Okay, that was so wordy. I get wordy when I'm flattered.) 

What I'm trying to say is: emails, tweets, kind letters to my front door have arrived, even. People all over the world, telling me that THIS SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT, and when they believe in this person within them and take steps to awaken them, great things start happening in their daily lives and for their writing careers. 


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