Do you ever find yourself beating your head against the wall wondering how in the hell you thought you could possibly become a writer? What were you thinking? Have you ever thought your writing was worthless, useless, and pointless? Why did you think writing was a good idea?
Have you ever wanted to shut that hurtful and annoying voice up but weren’t sure how to do it?
In his book Write Mind, Eric Maisel shows how these thoughts are destructive to our creative souls, and he has some good insight on ways to change from Wrong Thinking to Write Thinking.
Eric doesn’t believe so much in the hocus pocus aspects of willing things to happen. He believes our minds will believe whatever it tells you. So if you are thinking positive and affirmative thoughts, your mind will help you live a more positive and affirmative life, writing included. However, if you repeatedly tell yourself you can’t do something, your mind will get bogged down with the negativity, and soon enough, you were right, you can’t do something.
The Write Mind is about believing in ourselves, our craft, and our voice. We won’t be handed our dreams on a golden platter, we do have to work for them. But our mind can be a valuable asset if we just stay focused on how we approach our writing.
Here were some of my favorite affirmations in the book:
- Wrong Mind: “I am stupid and neurotic. Nothing I do matters.”
Write Mind: “I matter, and what I say or do matters.”
- Wrong Mind: “I worry about everything.”
Write Mind: “I wonder about everything.”
- Wrong Mind: “There is far too much going on in my life for me to write.”
Write Mind: “I will write first thing every morning.”
- Wrong Mind: “My mind is so noisy that I can’t think straight.”
Write Mind: “I can quiet my mind.”
- Wrong Mind: “I have nothing to say.”
Write Mind: “If I write truthfully and carefully, I am sure I will find something important to say.”
- Wrong Mind: “I need a break from my novel. I’ll get back to it later”
Write Mind: “Ready or not, I am heading to my writing space and computer.”
- Wrong Mind: “Writing is easy for some people. But it’s too hard for me. I can’t be a writer.”
Write Mind: “Sometimes writing will be easy, and sometimes it will be hard. But I am a writer.”
- Wrong Mind: “I’m too big of a coward to put my thoughts on paper. What if people hate my writing and therefore hate me?”
Write Mind: “I want to feel courageous and that means daring to write.”
- Wrong Mind: “I can’t write at home. The cats are too distracting.”
Write Mind: “I can write at home or anywhere.”
- Wrong Mind: “I hate this stupid story I’m working on.”
Write Mind: “I am sad that my story is not all that I hoped it would be. I love my creation and I will work on it to make it something I will be happy with.”
- Wrong Mind: “I have to bake pies for church, so I shouldn’t write today.”
(I often use this excuse for having to cook meals for my husband)
Write Mind: “Editing and working on the next section of my book scares me. I will not avoid my passion because I’m scared. I’m going to write today no matter what.
- Wrong Mind: “I’m such a nutcase. I crave solitude but I also flee from it. Who does that?”
Write Mind: “I am feeling anxiety and fear, but what I fear more is not getting this book out of me. My job is to quiet my nerves, not run from my anxiety and fears.”
- Wrong Mind: “Miranda just finished another book! I am such a failure.”
Write Mind: “I am happy for Miranda, and even though I don’t feel I am as successful, I will not give up.”
- Wrong Mind: “Whenever I try to write, my mind wanders. It’s like I have no control over where it goes or when it will return.”
Write Mind: “I can focus and I can concentrate.”
- Wrong Mind: “My head hurts. I can’t write today.”
Write Mind: “I’m going to take two aspirin and pick up my pen as soon as possible.”
- Wrong Mind: “I suck at describing things.”
Write Mind: “I should practice describing things.”
- Wrong Mind: “I want to write a book about helping ex-cons stay out of prison, but I don’t know enough. Maybe I shouldn’t write that book.”
Write Mind: “I will not let my fears and doubts stop me. Lack of knowledge will not hinder me, I will do all the research necessary and learn.”
- Wrong Mind: “I want to write a book about trained crickets, but who would by a whole book about trained crickets?”
AKA- I want to write funny stories about stupid questions people asked at zoos, but who would read a book about all the stupid things people have done?
Write Mind: “If I write it well and put effort into y proposal, a book about stupid questions or trained crickets might sell.”
- Wrong Mind: “My book is no good”
Write Mind: “I will work on my book until it shines.”
20. Wrong Mind: “It would be great to get an early endorsement for my book, but I don’t know the right people.”
Write Mind: “I will find which experts to talk to and approach them.”
What are some of your “Wrong Mind” thoughts you tell yourself and how can you change them to a “Write Mind” thought to encourage and affirm your writing?