Sage Adderly-Knox and Lynn M. Stout are two women I thank in my Gratitude section of The Reluctant Bandit. They, among other people and situations, are the reason I was able to get this book done. Friendly support and being seen and heard are huge. People often think that craft is the only thing they have to worry about when writing a book, but they focus on that to the detriment of the inner journey and conflict a writer goes through. If you can’t get past the stuck-ness inside you can’t write, no matter how many ideas you come up with and no matter how great the ideas are. I know a lot of people with great ideas that they don’t do anything with or don’t know what to do with themselves so that they can start. Another reason many people don’t write or finish writing is that there’s some reason. Legitimate or not. I can’t write because ____. As Marie Forleo says, “Everything is figureoutable.” Sometimes, it’s just a change in perspective that gets you there. If you’re open to doing the work and learning, Sage can midwife you through that or at least provide tools and support for you to do something workable.
She’s an awesome Writer’s coach. She’s not a writing coach, there’s a big difference–you need different help at different stages of your journey. Her super power is guiding writers through the perils of their limiting beliefs while helping them establish doable goals to finish writing their novels. She’s a roll up your sleeves and get it done kind of gal. She offers solutions to the problems you both know you have and don’t know you have. She’s a woo-woo girl in a productive, firm-kind, and non-bypass-y sort of way. She won’t blow sunshine blown up your skirt but neither will she hang you up to dry. Reality checks and swearing are included. Don’t worry, she keeps it all at a low roar. Her super power is getting writers to crack open and examine what’s holding them back without doing the “bad push.” (Learn about that on our call.) Writers tend to get there without her doing anything–she helps you out of it. Trust me, writing drives you to those places and she’s there to catch when you fall. She offers different perspectives and things to contemplate, and she won’t crack you open and leave you hanging.
Come to the call and find out why Lynn is so special and hear about our journey participating in Book in 90 together (one of Sage’s programs). She’s also my accountability partner and a supportive friend. Sage is a certified coach as well as a supportive and loving human. She’s created a space where we could stretch and grow as people and writers. She’s also a lovely friend. Her work is the conditioning that many writers need before they set off to do the lonely work of book writing (whatever kind of book you’re writing). It’s also about establishing routines, habits, and assessing information about yourself so that you can pivot when you need to. Tools, tools, lots o’ tools as well as friendship and laughter doled out with firm but loving guidance.
So, if you’re interested in hearing about Sage’s Book in 90 program, how she operates, or listen to Lynn and me discuss things such as: Why did we sign up for this particular program; what did we learn; and how did we navigate this and make it work for ourselves, then sign up for a Zoom call this Saturday, March 13th at 11:00 a.m. PST. You’ll hear about all sorts of things and how we navigated them individually; coach to client; accountability buddy to accountability buddy; friend to friend; as well as awesome women supporting other awesome women while laughing, crying, and nodding our heads. Those who put in the work did epic things and came out stronger for it. There’s no one size fits all kind of magic wand. We got to figure out how to work, sometimes while laugh-crying but always feeling better about ourselves and “things.”
Come learn and laugh with us, Zoom call this Saturday, March 13th at 11:00 a.m. PST. We’d love to see you there!