This post originally appeared in October of 2013.
As a writer, you’ve got a lot of outside forces conspiring to talk you out of going after your dreams of getting published, writing full-time, teaching writing or whatever goal you have in mind. New writers, in particular, have a special set of internal challenges to overcome. Want some help? Try affirmations.
What Are Affirmations?
Affirmations have a bad rap, thanks to misapplication by the daytime Oprah-watching set that has imbued affirmations with some kind of mystical, luck-attracting magnetism. Really, affirmations are just snippets of internal dialogue, and can be positive, negative or neutral. Harnessing the power of affirmations simply means deliberately replacing the negative and neutral statements with positive ones, by either thinking them or saying them out loud. Either way works.
Ready to use affirmations? Here are a few to help you get started.
Try These Affirmations
10. I’m working on a piece of writing that’ll change the world for the better.
9. My story needs to be told, and I’m the only one that can do it.
8. I take criticism and turn it into awesomeness.
7. I’m creative and productive.
6. I’m going to write the book I’ve always wanted to read.
5. When I write this, people will read it.
4. An agent is going to love my book.
3. Nothing is stopping me from finishing my book.
2. This idea is going to succeed.
1. I’m going to succeed.
Write Your Own Affirmations
Did any of the affirmations above hit the mark with you? Only a few? Well, the good news is that you can write your own, and customize them so they apply to your unique circumstances. For example, as a result of some of my current challenges, I might use an affirmation like, “I’m going to finish my WIP before 8pm on Friday,” or “I have plenty of time to write, even if my weekend is busy.”
What are your affirmations? Does this technique help you? Share your experience in the comments.