I don’t care how many writing failures you think you’ve had, I challenge you to read this post and turn things upside down!
You’re not a failure.
You’re a WINNER.
At a meeting last week, the speaker focused on switching negative self-talk to positive self-talk. The concept is from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and challenges the participant to listen to that running commentary–that dialogue we all have running through our heads–identify the negative thoughts, and swap them out with positive ones. The result is improved mood and confidence.
- An example of negative self-talk: I suck at writing. I’ve written seven novels, sent hundreds of query letters, and been rejected EVERY SINGLE TIME. Yep. I suck.
- An example of positive self-talk: My crit partner had more smiley faces than frowny faces on my latest draft. She was totally blown away by the plot twist I added. An agent (or small press) asked for a full MS. It’s been a struggle, but I’ve grown so much as a writer. I’m getting pretty darn good at it.
- Another example of negative self-talk: I’ll never get the attention of that press or that agent.
- Another example of positive self-talk: Writing is subjective. This press LOVED my MS and wants to pub it. I’ll be a published author!
Each of us has our own quibbly demons telling us how awful we are. I challenge you to grab those demons by their throats and tell ’em where to go.
- Remember the successes, no matter how small you think they are.
- Remind yourself what got you writing in the first place. Hold onto it and let it propel you forward.
- Consider how far you’ve come. Is anybody an expert the first time they do something? NO. It takes practice.
- Accept that every time you fall down and get up to try again, that’s a WIN.
- Ask yourself, if it was easy to do, would it be worth doing?
- Think about how awesome you are by writing a short story, novella, or novel. YOU ARE ACCOMPLISHED. YOU ARE AMAZING.
In the comments, I want you to share a negative self-talk statement and how you can switch it to a positive self-talk statement.