Do you have a positive attitude about your writing? Chances are that you don't; many writers develop a negative mind set without being aware of it. This can cripple your writing career.
In this article, we'll look at ways to develop a positive attitude. Here's why this is essential:
* With a positive attitude, you'll be more productive. You'll write more, and if your goal is selling your writing, you'll sell more;
* You'll be happier and easier to live with. Your writing places demands on the people in your life: a stressed writer is unhappy, and your misery spreads to others;
* You'll realize that writing is a journey. When you become "successful" -- however you define it -- you'll discover that writing is what motivates you. So since writing is what makes you happy, a positive attitude helps you to enjoy your journey;
* You'll be easier to work with. The other writing professionals in your life, your agent if you have one, and your editors, want to work with writers with a positive attitude. If you're negative, you will never have the career you could enjoy.
So how do you develop a positive attitude?
1. From Negative to "Yes, I Can!"
Becoming positive is a decision. You decide. Make the decision now: that whatever happens, you will maintain a positive attitude and that your mantra will be: "Yes, I Can!"
There -- easy, wasn't it?
Please don't over-complicate this... decide.
2. Everything's Great when You're Thinking's Straight
Now you've made a decision to have a "Yes, I Can!" positive attitude, say "Yes, I Can!" often throughout your day.
Daydream too. What would your life be like if you had achieved your current writing goals? What would change? What would stay the same?
If you don't have goals, create at least one goal right now. Got it? Great. Now say "Yes, I Can!" to that goal.
Your writing will be much more fun when your thinking is straight.
3. Turn Every Failure Into a Winner
Every writer is rejected. Sooner or later you'll realize that rejections are just part of a writer's life, and not only will rejections stop stinging, they will also become valuable information you can use.
Let's see how this works. Your novel has just been rejected by default. Three months have passed since you sent chapters and a synopsis to publisher X who asked to see the material in response to a query letter...
With your "Yes, I Can!" mantra at the forefront of your thoughts, you print up several more copies of your original query letter and slip them into envelopes you've printed up. You'll drop them in the mail box tomorrow morning.
When you have a positive attitude, rejections are feedback, and they'll motivate you, rather than depressing you.
4. Let Your Writing Guide You -- Drop Expectations
Your writing is always the best you can do, at a single point in time. Your writing changes. It improves: that's what happens when you practice writing.
You need goals for your writing, but drop expectations. The only thing you control is your writing. Accept that, and accept that your expectations are the result of insufficient data. You can't know what will happen with any particular piece of writing, so just keep setting goals and writing to achieve them.
Remember "Yes, I Can!" A positive attitude grows from that simple sentence. Keep your attitude positive, and there are no limits to what you can achieve.
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