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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 14

Jun. 27th, 2008 | 05:45 am

So, day 14 is here.

We made it!!

Do you feel yourself shifting? Quickly replacing negative thoughts with positive ones? Do you have positive affirmations at the ready? I hope so. I hope these 14 days have been helpful in some way.

So now, what can I say on this last day? What can I say that will stick with us in the days and weeks to come? 

Here it is, summed up so perfectly. I didn't even have to go looking for it - it arrived yesterday in my e-mail box, wrapped in pretty paper, tied with a bow.

"As within, so without. You cannot think one thing and produce another." - Emmet Fox


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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 13

Jun. 26th, 2008 | 05:49 am

 "It often seems to me that the biggest single issue for a writer is how to stay buoyant enough to go on writing. How not to drown." - Janet Turner Hospital


"In writing as in life, there are moments when our confidence disappears and our courage fades, when staying afloat is all we can manage. This loss of heart can happen to the strongest soul. Nobody is immune to the crisis of faith."

So, what to do? Wendy gives a number of suggestions:

1. Make a list of reasons why you love the story - Why is this story worth writing?

2. Skip the section that's giving you trouble, and write a different part of the book.

3. Put the book away for ten days - "Forget" about the book. Don't touch it, don't look at it, no matter what.

4. Keep a daily journal about the book - Don't write IN the book, just take notes ABOUT the book

5. Find a writer's group to join, if you're not a part of one already.

6. Embrace solitude - Go and do something alone, and that feeds your soul. It might be a walk, it might be a concert, it might be sitting in your backyard watching the birds. 

Our creative spirit needs to be fed and cared for. Be kind to it. The negative voices can be extremely harmful to it. When they start in, figure out what you need to do to get rid of them. Have positive affirmations at the ready, but also KNOW what helps you fight that negativity. And if you don't know, it's time to experiment and find out. 

Happy Writing!

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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 12

Jun. 25th, 2008 | 06:34 am

A little CAN DO for us today:

Have a great day!

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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 11

Jun. 24th, 2008 | 06:26 am

There is a dream in each of us.

A dream we think about and hold in our hearts.

For me, the dream is to make a living as an author. To write and do school visits and to work for myself, and utlimately to have more time to spend with my family and friends.

I was reading through some past posts here and I see that last year, I had hoped that by this summer, I would be living that dream. But it didn't come to be.

However, I believe the following to be true about dreams:

~ That big dream that lives inside each of us wouldn't have been put there if we didn't have the capacity to DO it.

~ We have to trust the timing of things, and understand there are bigger things at work. We won't always understand why things don't work out to the timing we have in mind, but in the end, when it happens, it WILL be the right time.

~ Just because it didn't happen today doesn't mean it won't happen tomorrow. Everyday we must believe it is possible, and think and act like it IS possible. Everything that comes to be started with a thought first. That's why our thoughts are so important.

Have a great day!

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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 10

Jun. 23rd, 2008 | 06:05 am

"To be courageous means to be afraid but to go a little step forward anyway." - Beverly Smith

That's the important thing - to keep moving forward, little step by little step.

Have a great day!

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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 9

Jun. 22nd, 2008 | 07:36 am

As you can probably gather from past posts, I'm a big fan of visualization. Understand, you still have to do the work to make what you visualize come true. And positive energy and thoughts are also important.

But I think visualization helps the impossible seem possible. 

One exercise you might want to try is the Publisher's Marketplace blurb. I did it this morning for my latest WIP.

Write a one sentence blurb about the book you are writing. This is a good exercise in and of itself. But then, tweak the blurb so it looks similar to what might appear in Publisher's Marketplace, with your agent's name, and perhaps an editor you would love to work with. And hey, if you want to visual a "very good deal," be my guest!

As an example, here's the blurb that ran in PM for I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME:

Lisa Schroeder's debut I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, a novel in verse about love and grief in which  fifteen-year-old Ava's boyfriend, who is dead but not gone, is keeping her from moving on, to Michael Del Rosario at Simon Pulse by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger, Inc

Everyday, read that blurb. Imagine it being posted where others read and send you congratulatory messages.

BELIEVE it's possible.

Because it is! 

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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 8

Jun. 21st, 2008 | 07:55 am

"Greatness is not born of luck or talent; it is a product of habit and hard work. No matter your natural talent, fingers don't play Chopin the first time they touch a piano. We have to practice." - Rev. Mary Manin Morrissey

I've said before, I think there is some luck involved in the publishing business. BUT, you still have to have a good manuscript. And I agree - the only way to get better and better, is to work hard at our craft.

And so, with that, I'm off to practice.

Have a great day!

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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 7

Jun. 20th, 2008 | 05:53 am

"We have a mental block inside us that stops us from earning more than we think we are worth. If we want to earn more in reality, we have to upgrade our self-concept." - Brian Tracy

I think this applies to other areas of life as well, not just our financial worth.

But let's start there, because it's a good example to get the point across.

When we worry about something, and the thoughts become like a movie reel playing over and over again in our heads, guess what? Those thoughts are going to become reality. So, someone who is constantly worrying about money and saying, I don't have enough, I don't have enough, will constantly find themselves without enough. Instead, a good affirmation to repeat is - I have more than enough. Even if it doesn't seem like it, Suze Orman advises people to say that, as they work their plan to get out of debt or whatever.

I know it's hard to keep those negative voices completely at bay, but that's why we should have positive phrases ready so we have something to say when the negative voice starts talking.

The writing biz can be a lonely and depressing one. It's hard work writing a book. It's hard work getting that book published. Have phrases ready to go to pop in when the movie reel starts to play that has the sad violin music in the background. If you are constantly worrying and thinking about what *isn't* happening, guess what? Those thoughts will manifest themselves into reality. Instead, speak the positive.

"I will finish this book and it will be something I can revise into something great!: Or if you need something shorter, just go with - "I am successful."

Some other affirmations from the other day, that people shared, are good ones too:

I am ready to embrace success.
Someone is waiting to hear my story.
My words will make a difference.

Have a great day!

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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 6

Jun. 19th, 2008 | 06:16 am

"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today." - Dale Carnegie

While I think it is important to have dreams and hopes and wishes, and work hard to make those dreams and hopes and wishes come true, I also think it's important to be thankful for where you are today. To realize what a wonderful thing it is to be someone who creates something for others to enjoy. 

I know it's hard to appreciate that wonderfulness sometimes, when it's not coming as easily as you'd like. But try pausing once in awhile, and just be mindful of how blessed you are to be an artist, using the gifts you've been given.

Today - reach over, open the window, and enjoy those roses. Don't worry about tomorrow or next week or next month and what happens to the project you are working on. Wherever you are today on your journey, give thanks.

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Positive Thinking Power - Day 5

Jun. 18th, 2008 | 06:53 am

"We cannot choose the things that will happen to us. But we can choose the attitude we will take toward anything that happens. Success or failure depends on your attitude." - Alfred A. Montapert

I'm sure we've all heard this before.

It's not what happens to us that's important, it's how we react to what happens that's important.

As writers, this couldn't be more true.

Two LJ friends in the past month have had book deals because they didn't curl up in a ball in defeat when they couldn't find people who loved their work. They were rejected and rejected again, over the course of YEARS. What did they do?

They kept writing. 

They kept trying.

Which means, they still believed it was possible. Because it IS possible. The only way anything isn't possible is if you don't try anymore.

I know not everyone is in a place right now, waiting for the phone to ring, but some of us are, and if you are, and doubts have started filling your mind, we need to clear those. 

I will get good news.
When the time is right for me, I believe I will sell my book.
It's just a matter of time.
I am ready when it is time.

Have a great day!

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