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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Positive Thinking For Positive Writing

Can positive thinking help you attract the kind of writing clients you need? There's a lot of information out there that says that positive thoughts and intentions help you to tap into the abundance that is already out there. This applies to every aspect of your life, including your writing career. If you intend to have well paid writing work, then that is what you have. If, on the other hand, you think that well paid writing work is a pipe dream, then that is exactly what it will be. That's the way the received wisdom on abundance goes.

I don't have a problem with positive thinking. In fact, I have used it to great effect. However, in my experience you have to back it up with positive action. So if I want well paid writing work, I have to write a successful bid that shows my writing skills and past successes, and I have to set a fair price for the writing I will be doing. If I demonstrate why I am worth the money, then the client is usually willing to pay it. That's why positive thoughts need to be backed up with positive actions, in my view.

Thinking positive means that you present yourself in that way and your self confidence will bring rewards. I am already seeing how that works and am grateful for the results. How have you used positive thinking in your writing career?

This post was inspired by Dana Prince's post on The Secret.


Dana Prince said...

I know that I feel differently when I find my voice and I find my loudest, clearest voice when I feel confident in my abilities. It's like a circle or a chain reaction.
If there's a chink in my chain, I feel myself slump as I work and I don't have the confidence or desire to apply for new work. My attitude definitely impacts everything.

Sometimes my writing is great therapy though and if I write about my negative emotions, I can sometimes talk myself out of my rut. I try to write therapeutically in a way that defines my problem and I always try to end by deciding how I'll change my situation even if I'm tempted to stop writing at the point where I've spewed a bunch of expletives.

It's hard to keep your chin up every minute of the day but trying to live your life in every aspect with positivity does make a difference. I see it in my work, my parenting, my marriage...

Great post, Sharon and I think I'm now inspired to write about therapeutic writing.
Let's keep inspiring one another :D


Julia Temlyn said...

Positive thinking is so very important. I notice the difference in my business and my overall writing when I am in a slump and not thinking positively. Confidence can be forced too, even when you don't feel like bring confident. Often in times like that confidence breeds more confidence, so though you may not feel positive to begin with, the feeling grows until the negativity melts away.

Excellent post!

BloggingWriter said...

Hmm. I thought I had posted a good reply to your comments, Dana and Julia but it's lost in the mists of time and cyberspace. Thanks for adding to the discussion on the merits of positive thinking.

Garry Conn said...

Being a positive person and a positive influence gives you a foot in any door. As long as you aren't too strong with it, such as the behavior you would expect from a car salesman. Being a positive thinker and a creative one too are great steps towards public speaking/writing. Second thing is you do have to talk/write with a purpose... but when you do have a purpose and can present it in an energetic and positive way, both going hand in hand are a powerful thing. Nice post! :)

BloggingWriter said...

Thanks for stopping by, Garry. I'll avoid the heavy salesman speak :-)

I think you make a good point about having a purpose. It makes it so much easier to be positive. This has reminded me to stay focused on my goals.