Back in the day, circa 2011 when I was an editor, I used to run a course called WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK.
It was super-practical - how to get words on paper, create a workflow, that kind of thing.
Then from 2015 through to 2018 I ran SHE IS LIT immersions.
They were about the creative process + the medicine that unfolds when the act of writing becomes devotional.
Well, this year has a different vibe. You can feel it already, right?
If you dig all things numerological, 2019 is a three year.
As De La Soul rightly pointed out, three IS the magic number and it represents action amplified + miracles manifest. Basically, it’s a big fucking deal if you want to turn your visions/dreams/plans into reality.
So after 18 months of not writing a book, I’m now writing a book. (Because you’d better BELIEVE that I’m going to use the cosmic intel to make the book writing process as easy + magic-filled as it can be) and if I’m feeling the call to take action on my creative vision, there’s a REALLY big chance you are too.
Which is why, starting on Feb 4th, lunar new year, new moon in Aquarius, I’m leveraging the dynamic ‘let’s bloody do it’ nature of this three year by launching a 28 day SHE IS LIT :: WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK mash up.
It’s not a course. (I wouldn’t know how to do one of those anymore if I tried)
It’s not a deep-dive immersion. (Well, at least I don’t think it is, but I’m a Scorpz, so who knows?)
It’s a combination of ALL my practical know-how about how to ACTUALLY write a book (and not just talk about how you’re thinking about wanting to write a book) AND how to make the process as optimal as possible using the cyclic mapping of YOUR Creatrix Codes.
If you’ve read my book Witch, you will have already met the Creatrix – SHE who creates, manifests + makes magic/ Throughout the 28 days we spend together, we will work with the Creatrix archetype to turn the act of writing a book into spell-casting. (The words we speak + write are spells, it’s why it’s called ‘spelling’.)
We’ll use the 8 phases of the moon to not only understand the cycle of creativity, but also to unlock YOUR Creatrix Codes + map out the optimal creative process for YOU. One that is supportive + nourishing AND enables you to get words on paper and take your book from an idea in your head to a finished manuscript.
FYI: This is NOT a how to write a book in 28 days. I repeat, we are NOT going to write an entire book in 28 days. I mean, you might, but ultimately, this is a 28 day experience where you will map YOUR creative process in tune with your body, the moon + the cosmos AND gain access to all I know about the publishing industry so you can write a book.
(If you know this is for you already + wanna skip straight to signing up – I love you, I’m TOTALLY that person too, so feel free to head straight to the bottom of the page. For those of you wanting me to woo you with words + are big on the deets, read on…)
So, why, when you KNOW you have a story to tell and medicine to share, do you find ALL the reasons NOT to write?
"I've not got enough time…"
"I can't spell…"
"I'm not a good enough writer…"
" What if no one wants to read it?”
“I don’t want to be seen?”
“I don’t know where to start?”
“I’ve been told I can’t write”
I hear you.
I used to ache for my voice to be heard. I wanted to be a published author.
But mostly, I wanted, more than anything, to be able to fully express myself – the glory, the pain + the exquisite in-between space – through the written word.
But for so long I got the fear.
Big crazy fear.
Fear of being seen, fear of not being good enough, fear of persecution. (I’m a woman, I’m a gypsy, I’m a witch, THAT wound is cell deep.) Fear so paralysing, I became a writer-for-hire who 'ghost’ wrote reality TV biographies and Justin Bieber annuals. True Fact.
On paper, (and in my everyday life) I self-edited + censored my vulnerability, my rawness, my SHE-powered voice so that I was likeable, loveable, acceptable. Yet, what I know now, that I didn’t know then, is that if you DON’T share your story + your truth – no matter how messy, imperfect + not-likeable it might appear - you stay in fear.
You perpetuate the myth that your voice, your story, your words are not important.
I've been in the publishing industry now for over two decades as a writer, editor + publisher, I’ve written for women’s magazines both in the US + UK, written best-selling books worldwide + yet I've been told on more than one occasion, 'there's too much of your personal story in this’ and 'there's too much ‘I’ in this story', and 'don't tell them a story, especially not your own story, tell them what to do and how you can fix them.'
I call BS.
We don't need telling 'what' to do by a book.
We don't need yet another 'self-help' book designed to keep us broken.
What we DO want (and need) is voices.
Your heart truth.
Your experiences, shared.
Direct transmissions between you + source.
Lessons that have been learned.
Your medicine. The bitter/sweet/messy/scary/glorious/gorgeous medicine.
Which is why I’m inviting you to join me on the new moon for SHE IS LIT :: WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK
SHE is Lit’s are simply magical. They appeared in my life at the perfect time... I wrote a short story, two planetary cocoons (reports+readings+journeys), many newsletters, and the first shitty draft of my fantasy book after taking them <3 #andtheyalwayshavegreattitles!!! Wishing everyone who is taking it freakin' luck.
WHAT IS WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK?
Add a HUGE helping of cyclic intelligence + lunar lore. Make it totally relevant for women who juggle mummhood, careers, relationships and well...life. Mix well with practical advice + guidance on the book writing + publishing process and sprinkle with a generous helping of exercises, tools, rituals and practices that will offer juicy + pleasurable pathways into the creative process.
THAT’S what WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK is.
There are hundreds of books + courses that will teach you how to write + publish a book.
What I’m going to share is a 28 day, mapping process of your cycle of creativity.
So much of the medicine/spellwork is made in the creative process. (and it IS a process.)
It’s a process that WILL bring up' stuff.’ That’s the idea.
It’s a process that WILL highlight the fears, the blocks, the shadows. The concerns about being seen, the worries about being raw and vulnerable, and for those of us who have been burned, silenced + persecuted for telling our truth in past lives, it will bring up the question, ‘why would I bloody do THAT again??!!’ It’s one I ask myself every time an idea burns white-hot in my belly to be shared + written.
It’s a process that WILL unlock your Creatrix Codes. (Because how it is to write a book for me, isn’t necessarily how it will be for you.)
It will ask you to show up for yourself.
It will ask you to show up for your reader.
THIS IS FOR YOU IF YOU:
You want to write a book
Have self-censored your voice whether on paper, or in life, because you’ve been told you’re too loud or too much.
Want to trust yourself + want to trust that what you say matters and has value.
Wants to understand how to create + work with the ebb + flow of your rhythmic intelligence.
Want, and more importantly, NEED to share your story - have a desire to activate your fire + passion to create word medicine in these ‘interesting’ times.
HOW IT WILL WORK:
We will work in real-time, to access specific-to-you creative pathways that are in astro alignment + in tune with the moon and her cyclic nature during the 28 days that we’re together.
As we move into each of the 8 moon phases, I’ll send you a love letter with a transmission (either as a video, audio or a written love letter - sometimes all three) from my heart to yours, to help you explore, connect + align with the rhythmic, astrological + cyclic intelligence of la luna, your body + the cosmos.
This intel will create a cyclic map of creativity + consistency. A rhythmic structure that instead of feeling rigid and restrictive will feel supportive, nurturing + will source your creativity.
Having a cyclic ‘system’ will create a sense of safety.
For so long, lifetimes in fact, it’s not felt safe to be a woman with a voice and an opinion, so in order to create + share from a real + true place, you need to feel safe.
Because it’s only when you feel safe that you’re willing to recognise that your ‘blocks’ - I don’t have time, I’m not good enough, dedicating time to my writing practice is selfish + indulgent - for what they really are, patriarchal power tricks to stop you sharing your story + shining your bloody light.
It’s only when you feel safe that you dare to admit that honouring yourself as Creatrix is a radical act of self-love.
It’s only when you feel safe that you’re able to trust in the ‘creative process’ as a place of alchemy + medicine making + recognise that the ‘process’ is as important, if not more important, than the end result. (Even if that end-result is a book contract + thousands of book sales.)
- my own practices + experiences as both an author, editor + self-publisher.
- insight from my friends + colleagues in the industry: editors, social media consultants, authors + creatives.
- how I wrote bestselling books: Code Red, Love Your Lady Landscape + Witch using cyclic mapping + how very different it was from being a writer for hire. (Although I WILL share the top things I learnt as a writer-for-hire that now mean I can create without fear.)
- the difference between publishing with a traditional publisher + self-publishing. I do both. I’ll share why.
- an insight into the current publishing landscape – it’s exciting times for authors!
- ritual and ceremonies to support the book writing process.
And… I’ll be sharing in real time, journeying with you, so any questions you have, I can answer as they come up.
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE:
SHE IS LIT : WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK :: CYCLIC MAPPING WORKSHOP (recorded + downloadable) a live workshop on how to create an optimal support system for writing a book (or any creative process for that matter) This has been golden in moving me from a place of being a woman who has all the ideas but procrastinates/feels the fear/overthinks, to being a woman who writes, finishes, publishes + sells the freakin’ book(s).
SHE IS LIT : WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK Q+A (recorded + downloadable) - a chance to ask any questions that come up during our time together as I share my insight on getting started, resistance and procrastination, how to describe the indescribable, telling our truth, discovering our voice, how to deal with criticism and EVERYTHING in between.
SHE IS LIT : WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK LOVE NOTES- As we start our work together on the new moon in Aquarius, you'll receive a love note, direct to your inbox, as we move through each lunar phase. Each love note will share how to use that specific moon phase, cosmic intel specific to the 28 days that we will be moving through, writing prompts, along with advice and insight from some of my most favourite friends in the writing/creative/publishing industries.
SHE IS LIT : WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK MEDICINE BUNDLE – templates + outlines, meditations, rituals + ceremony created + curated specifically to support the writing needs of the women in circle.
SHE IS LIT : WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK CIRCLE – a Facebook group (I’m trying to find an alternative way to gather in community + share online, but until I do, FB is it.) for us all to gather as women and share our insights + discoveries throughout our 28 days together.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a circle where you have to share or read your writing out loud (although you can if you want + it will be totally celebrated) it’s not a place to receive critique or where you’ll be told HOW to publish a book, either, although you can totally ask questions + I’ll share my experiences + insight with you.) It's a space to share the cyclic creatrix experience, ask questions + unpack any 'stuff' that unfolds for you throughout our time together.
I'm an author (I've written 30+ books + yes, one of those was a Justin Bieber annual. G-friend had bills to pay, 'k?)
I'm an editor. (I've worked for HarperCollins, Penguin, O Books + Parragon)
I successfully self-publish. (I've sold over 10,000 copies of Code Red + over 5,000+ sets of the SASSY SHE Oracle)
I successfully publish with traditional publishers HarperCollins + Hay House.
I'm also a guide + way-shower.
I’m obsessed with creating cyclic maps for us to navigate, create, make out + live our lives by
I’m passionate that women's voices (+ those who identify as women) are supported as they start fires + create revelations + revolutions in the publishing industry. (and in the world.)
Is this the same course you ran last year?
I don’t really run courses, SHE IS LIT are real-time writing + creative immersions, so each one will ALWAYS be a different experience. The 8 phase emails will include NEW cyclic + lunar insight that’s relevant to the SHE ‘scape as we move through the 28 days, and, as always the workshop + Q+A will be created in real-time with the women that gather.
How is this different to other ‘how to write a book’ programmes?
I mean, I don’t know, I’ve not done other programmes, but I do know that I’ve created SHE IS LIT :: WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK with big love for those who want to create, disrupt, challenge, share, tell stories.
It’s devotional AND it’s practical AND it’s helpful AND it’s nourishing.
I mean, we ALL know how to put words on paper, right?
So why aren’t we doing it? `
Lots of reasons – fear, conditionings + constructs all play their part – especially for women writers - which is why, in this 28 day cycle together, we will uncover where + why you may be experiencing ‘blocks’ + ‘stuckness’ + deepen your relationship with your cyclic + rhythmic intelligence so you are able to create a unique-to-you map that supports, nourishes + allows you to self-source as you write the freakin’ book AND provide templates + workflow ideas + publishing industry insight.
SHE IS LIT : WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK
£25 of every SHE IS LIT :: WTFB will be donated to the Stand for Education, Inc. #nopadnoschool campaign.
£25 sponsors a girl in Sudan with reusable Menstrual Hygiene kits to help them to complete their education and stay in school.
Registration will close at 4pm GMT on Sunday 3rd Feb.
When you register, know that I'm sending you a virtual high five + that I'll be dancing like that lady in the red dress emoji in anticipation of you joining me for 28 days of SHE IS LIT :: WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK. As soon as you sign up, you will be able to download your welcome letter that’s full of love + preparation ready for our experience to begin together on the 4th Feb. Hurrah.
Please make sure you download the letter ASAP as the link will expire after 24 hours.
WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK + 1-to-1 SESSION
As always, with all my 28 day circles, I make 1-to-1 sessions with me available at a heavily discounted price of £111.
These sessions are for you to discuss your book, what’s come up fro during the 28 days, the process, how to publish your book - basically, whatever you need? I’ve got you.
If you choose to book this option, know that you will be sent a link to my diary once SHE IS LIT :: WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK begins and will have 3 months in which to take your session.
If you have any questions about SHE IS LIT :: WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK :: email me at: Lisa@thesassyshe.com