Writing Guru: The Law of Attraction
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Today I want to talk about something called the Law of Attraction – and how it can and probably does affect your writing life.
The Law of Attraction is simply a belief that when you think positively – good things will result and when you think negatively – the opposite occurs.
Whenever you are asked about your writing, how is it going, or what have you done lately, you will get an emotional response in your body. Either you will feel happy about it or you won’t. But I want to discuss whether those feelings we have about our work affect whether we will derive good results for it or not.
I am sure no one would argue that to maintain a negative attitude about a writing project will never bring about a good result. Case in point: when I began writing my first book – I was so overwhelmed with fear that I was doing things wrong, or it would be received the wrong way, that I constantly sought out others for their opinion.
The problem that resulted was pretty bad. I ended up with a manuscript that belonged to everyone else and ended up not being my story at all. I definitely recall NOT hearing good things, so I derived a negative attitude about my story, and guess what? That book doesn’t even exist anymore.
A certain lack of authority and positivity over our work (and as a side note – our lives) can end up being a magnet for negative results.
Think of it sort of like cooking a casserole.
If you only use fear, negative attitudes, stress and worry in your dish, you cannot expect to get a finely written, interesting story out of the oven of your mind. It doesn’t work that way.
So, the Law of Attraction says, take some positive affirmations, throw in a few sprinkles of kindness and love to yourself, add a dash of compassion to your work, and voila! You have attracted positive results.
It’s simple, really.
It’s how you treat yourself and your work. When you love what you are doing, and believe in it, you will attract others who love it and believe in it. You will also enjoy the process, which admittedly, at times can be grueling. Writing is a lonely endeavor. We have to be our own best friend while the process takes place.
Now, if you are one of those who are not prone to excessive bouts of positivity, let me say, I wasn’t either.
But when I finally committed to writing the story…it became even more of a terror to me. It seemed the closer that I came to completing that first tome, the worst my fear became.
I began to doubt whether I could even finish it. I wondered what I was thinking by thinking I could even write. Who would ever want to read it? The what ifs of story ideas dwindled down and the what ifs of my negative thought processes took over. I was truly an insecure writer.
Then, I discovered a group of like-minded people who were not trying to tear me down to “toughen me up” so to speak. When I heard good things about the potential of my story and my ability to tell it, my attitude began to change.
Suddenly, the positive feedback I was getting about the story I was writing began to take root, and a published novel resulted from those efforts.
Positive in equals positive out.
Now, this sort of mental approach to writing and the writing life, can work. It can mean the difference between failure and success as you endeavor to get more ideas on paper. Just remember you have to have something to edit in order to get your career as a writer underway.
As the old adage goes, you cannot edit an empty page.
You cannot develop any sort of attitude about an empty page, either.
So, get busy. Write like you know what you are doing, and love it. Tell others how much you love it. Be positive about everything you put down in written form. Refuse to let anything negative creep into your writing life.
I bet the law of attraction will work for you. I bet your positive attitude will bring others of the same mindset directly into your circle of friends.
And…peace out, Groupies.
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