Can visualization and vision boards help writers get published? Yes, say some successful writers. Here’s how writing and the law of attraction can make you a better writer.
Here’s what one the teachers in The Secret says: “The law of attraction is really obedient. When you think of the things that you want, and you focus on them with all of your intention, then the law of attraction will give you exactly what you want, every time. When you focus on the things you don’t want – ‘I don’t want to be late,’ – the law of attraction doesn’t hear that you don’t want it. It manifests the things that you’re thinking of, and so it’s going to show up over and over again.” – Lisa Nichols.
Fellow scribes, focus on what you want out of your writing or blogging life…not what you’re scared of, or anxious about. For example, do you worry you’ll never write anything good or get published? Instead of getting caught up in your fears, read 8 Things You Need to Know About Succeeding as a Freelance Writer. Don’t allow your anxieties, insecurities, and self-doubts to overcome you. It’s not about finding “the secret” to being a writer…it’s about working hard, learning, and honing your skills.
To learn how powerful visualization can be, read Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!) And, here are Viccy’s eight steps to blending the law of attraction with your writing career…
Writing and the Law of Attraction
Guest Post ~ Viccy Adams
When you start panicking about your writing progress, ask yourself if you’re wasting energy worrying – and if so, what are you worrying about? Can you do anything to overcome that worry? Any time you get depressed that you haven’t won the Pulitzer or the Booker Prize, do something that increases your chances of success.
And that “something” can include using specific steps and applying the law of attraction to help you achieve your writing goals.
1. Get a piece of blank paper and a pen. I suggest white, unlined paper and a thick, black pen – simply because I find it satisfying to see the visualization of the thought process that way.
2. At the top of the paper, write the writing or blogging goal that you want to achieve. A book published, for example, or more magazine assignments, or increased blog readership.
3. Now narrow it down: what type of book do you want to write and publish? Who would you like to publish it? Who is your agent? If you’re focused on blogging or magazine writing, then be specific about who, what, when, where, and why. Write it down.
4. Get a new piece of paper, and write down exactly what you have done so far. What specific actions have you taken to write and publish your book, or increase your blog readership? Don’t leave that piece of paper until you’ve written everything down – not what you can do, but what you have done. Is your book at the idea stage? Do you have anything written-out, or is it in note form? Do you have a title? Do you have five thousand words from the end of the book? Do you have a full manuscript? Whatever you have, write it down.
5. Go back to the first piece of paper. Now you need to brainstorm the small steps that will take you from what you have done to what you are going to achieve. Write down everything that comes to mind. For example: “get a literary agent” if you’re writing a book or “Write two blog posts a week” if you want to build a more popular blog..
6. Go through the list you’ve just written, and make each entry more specific. For instance, if you’re visualizing getting your book published, then what kind of agent do you want? What word count is the first chapter going to be? How long will the synopsis be and is it for you or for a potential publisher?
7. Return to your second piece of paper. Give yourself a pat on the back for whatever it is you’ve already done, whether you’ve written a 200,000 word manuscript or outlined a magazine article.
8. Decide what your next step is from the options on your first sheet of paper. Make your next step as specific as possible, such as “Go to the local library and research your book topic.” Write it down on the second piece of paper. Repeat this step until you have connected what you have done with what you will achieve.
Any time you’re feeling overwhelmed, return to this list and see where you are on it and what one, small step you need to take to move on to the next stage. Don’t focus too hard on the end goal. Instead, focus on what you’re doing to get there.
Do you need practical tips, not visualization? Read Writing Motivation for Struggling Writers.
If you have any questions or thoughts on the law of attraction and writing, please comment below...
Viccy Adams is a creative writing PhD student at Newcastle University, UK. Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies by Momaya Press and Cinnamon press, as well as in various online and print magazines.