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4 Easy Steps to Creating Inner Alchemy in Your Writing Life

Becoming the writer you want to be isn’t an overnight process, but it is achievable one if you do it the Author Inner Alchemy way.

What Does Inner Alchemy Mean for Authors?

Alchemy has always been about trying to take something imperfect and make it perfect.

Early Alchemists believed that everything in nature always tried to reach this perfection.

All metals, the Alchemists believed, yearned to be gold, and would slowly, over a great period time, change — becoming purer and purer until they reached the perfection of gold.

That’s what most of us think of when we think of Alchemy, and it’s a fair assessment.

But of course, there’s more to it. Alchemy is notoriously inaccessible and obfuscated, and that’s why so few of us ever really “got it”—those sneaky dude Alchemists didn’t want anyone else to figure it out.

The secret of true Alchemy isn’t to change lead into gold; it’s to change our own “leaden self” into gold. So an Author Alchemist’s goal is to turn both their writing AND their writing life, into gold.

Author Inner Alchemy is what happens when your writing + writing life = gold.

Author Alchemists know nothing is ever perfect, and they don’t look for perfection to the degree of anxiety. Author Alchemists aim for their own version of perfect: Perfect love for themselves, perfect love for their writing, and perfect love for the time they get to enjoy doing it. Once they find that, they’re golden.

Sound like someone you want to be?

Your best writing is not someone else’s best writing. Your best writing life is not anyone else’s best writing life. That’s what you’re trying to get: your best writing life. So that means you don’t judge it by some person or literary competition’s idea of perfect. You judge it by yours.

The state of your mind affects the results you get from your “lab work” (your Magnum Opus). Therefore, to create your best work and best life, you have to give yourself the attention it needs first. How do you do that? Follow the Inner Alchemy process.

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How to Embrace Inner Alchemy in Your Writing Life

When we decide to take our lives from hot mess to brilliant, we enter the Inner Alchemy process, which leads to the transformation we seek: chaos to brilliance.

Every woman who’s hit that point where she could just tear her hair out and scream for an hour is ready for the Inner Alchemy process.

The process is broken down into four main parts (or steps), and as we progress through each of these parts, we get closer and closer to a perfect, productive, happy life and business.

4 Steps to Inner Alchemy for Authors

The four steps of the Alchemy Transformation are Black Chaos, White Clarity, Yellow Wisdom, and Red Brilliance. Let’s apply them to being a Author Alchemist!

1. Black Chaos

The Black stage is the representation of Chaos. It has two minor processes to it (Calcination and Dissolution) which both work to destroy the diseased parts of ourselves and leave potential behind. It’s the rock-bottom point we reach when we’ve just had enough and can’t seem figure out how to make things good again.

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2. White Clarity

The White Stage is the representation of Clarity. After we’ve passed from the Chaos of the Black stage, we now suddenly see things so much more clearly. It’s marked by consciousness: We see and decide what belongs in our lives.

There are two processes in the White stage — Separation and Conjunction — which both work to help us see and choose the right elements for our lives.

This stage is when we start to get “Ah ha!” moments. Suddenly, something has clicked in our heads and we have an idea of where to go and how to get there.

How to find clarity in your life as a writer:

3. Yellow Wisdom

The Yellow stage is one of wisdom through purification. You’ve been through the chaos of the Black stage, found clarity in the White stage, and will now grow a bit wiser as you traverse the Yellow stage.

This stage is comprised of two processes, Fermentation and Distillation — both of which lead a new Alchemist into the new life she is creating for herself.

When we’re in the Yellow Wisdom stage, we’re finally starting to move in the right direction because we know what we need and we’ve wizened up. Where we once would have floundered, waffled, and put off making decisions, we now feel confident in our decisions, choices, and strategies. We know we’re going in the right direction and we feel great about it. We are so close to Author Alchemy when we get here!

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4. Red Brilliance

This is the final stage of the Inner Alchemy Alchemist’s Transformation. It’s the moment that the leaden life you began with finally transmutes into the gold you dreamed of. It’s your Philosopher’s Stone, your transmuted Gold, your Great Work. There is just one process in the Red Brilliance stage: Coagulation, which is when the ferment that we distilled during the Yellow stage becomes solid, tangible, and real.

You’ll know you’re there when:

To an Alchemist, this is when all of the pieces and parts we’ve created during the first six stages coagulate into the one, bright, shining, golden representation of our Magnum Opus. This is everything you’ve worked for.

How Will You Create Author Alchemy in Your Life?

Is this you? You’ve got to-do lists, planners, Trello, and a Get Your Words Out spreadsheet, but at the end of each day, you still feel like you got absolutely zero writing done. More than that: you’re exhausted, burnt out, and disappointed in yourself. Some days, you feel like giving up.

You had such big, vibrant goals and plans for your novel, and they aren’t happening like you expected them to. They’re taking years longer than you anticipated, and by the time you make progress, you may be wondering, “What’s the point? Why did I ever want to do this in the first place? It’s never going to sell.

This is no way to live. You deserve to finish your novel. You deserve to enjoy the process.

Writing doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t have to feel so soul-sucking. If you’re ready for a change from that, and you want to do it without the soul-sucking part, then you’re ready to do it the Author Alchemist way.

Will you make the commitment to take your writing life from chaos to brilliance?

Let’s change some lives,

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