Want to know how to stay positive as a writer, or in fact, how to stay positive and motivated in general?
Is it even possible to stay positive through the whole writing process? After all, it’s such a rollercoaster! You write a great chapter and you’re ecstatic. You pour out your heart on the page and you’re exhausted. You hold the first printed book in your hand and you’re euphoric. You maybe don’t sell as many as you hoped right away, and you’re disappointed. You get a good review and you’re elated. And so it goes on.
So, how to be positive. This is going to be practical, so pay attention because there are things you can change right now that will make a difference. Here we go.
1. Develop a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, eat and sleep well, and pray and trust God if you’re inclined to! Raise your level of endorphins; get the right vitamins and minerals; pursue peace – drop grudges and forgive people! Don’t sweat the small stuff. All of these things will help.
2. Surround yourself with people who encourage you and believe in you. In real life and in the virtual world. Spend more time with them. Spend less time with the others. Also, allow yourself to be encouraged! Don’t dwell on mistakes and failures. Remind yourself of your successes and strong points.
3. Stop reading unhelpful stuff! You know the books, blogs, mags and Tweets that get you down. Or the less helpful talks, interviews and videos. Take control of what you allow into your head. Take your thoughts captive! Throw out the bad ones.
4. Start reading positive stuff! helpful books, blogs, magazines and Tweets, or helpful talks, interviews and videos. Whatever works for you! Make time to ‘feed’ on things that will do you good. It really is worth spending time developing yourself, because you are amazing and you are worth it!
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Joshua Raven, novelist. Read about my writing and my life here. And have you discovered 5fingers yet?