Why Every Writer Should Create Affirmations

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Remember that book, The Little Engine That Could? When that little blue engine started doubting its ability to pull a larger train and load up a mountain, he simply told himself, “I think I can. I think I can.” Because of his belief and effort, he was able to pull off a seemingly impossible feat.

We writers need to do the same. Whenever we’re faced with doubts about winning an award or landing that collaboration, we’ve got to tell ourselves, “I think I can. I think I can.” The slightest seed of hope can help you overcome those barriers you once thought were insurmountable. 

There are other ways to keep your mind focused on positive thoughts, too. You can do that by creating affirmations. An affirmation is simply a positive statement used to describe yourself, how you want to feel, or what you want your life to be like. 

If you’ve been down in the dumps lately, consider creating affirmations to help you. If you’re not sure how, no worries. We’re going to learn how and why you should create affirmations as a writer.

Why Affirmations?

You know the saying, “You are what you eat”? Well, it’s also true that you are what you think. If you tell yourself day after day that you aren’t a good writer and that no one wants to read and buy your books, guess what? It will be difficult to improve your writing skills and no one will want to buy your creations. 

Proverbs 18:21a tells us “life and death are in the power of the tongue” (HCSB).  

We’ve got to get to the place where we stop sabotaging our life with our words. We can start by creating affirmations. Affirmations can help remind you of the amazing qualities and skills you already possess. They can also help replace the negative chatter you’ve been feeding yourself for far too long.

The key to remember is that you cannot expect overnight changes. That’s like expecting to lose 45 pounds in a day, even though it took months of poor choices to accumulate that extra weight. Acknowledge what your beliefs and thoughts are, but continue to embrace the new mindset you want and desperately need.

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How to Create Affirmations

The simplest way to create affirmations is to use “I am” statements. For example, you could say: “I am a confident writer whose words transforms readers globally.” This affirmation helps you focus on the kind of writer you want to be and the effect you want your work to have on others. 

You can also use quotes, Bible verses, or statements such as, “My writing is creating opportunities for me to collaborate with talented women worldwide.” This type of affirmation centers on a writing goal.  Notice how we used the present tense instead of the future. When you continuously use your affirmations, you are training your brain to see possibilities--even in the face of adversity.  

Click to tweet >>> We’ve got to get to the place where we stop sabotaging our life with our words. Acknowledge what your beliefs and thoughts are, but continue to embrace the new mindset you want and desperately need.

When to Use Affirmations

You can start off your day and end it by repeating your affirmations to yourself. Some people choose to look into a mirror when reciting their affirmations, while others prefer to simply write them down in a journal and reflect on them throughout the day or week. If you’re struggling in a particular area, it may even be beneficial to focus on one or two affirmations until you begin to notice changes in your thoughts, beliefs, and actions. 

In her book Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes talks about how every morning she does the Wonder Woman pose. This helps her begin her day with a positive mindset. If you like, you could try the same while reciting your affirmations. I admit I feel silly at times, but the pose totally works. 

I know this whole affirmation talk may sound rather strange to some; however, the point is to train your brain to focus on the positive. Even if you don’t see how that big, crazy writing vision of yours will come to pass at first, keep speaking it into existence (while putting in the necessary intentional actions, of course!). 

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Click to tweet >>> Even if you don’t see how that big, crazy writing vision of yours will come to pass at first, keep speaking it into existence (while putting in the necessary intentional actions, of course!). 

On Sunday, February 25th, I’ll be helping writers begin the process of uncovering and facing their fears. If you know you haven’t been making the leaps needed to reach your writing goals, this is the workshop for you! We’re going to use writing prompts and honest, open dialogue to help pinpoint the origin of our fears. We’re also going to create positive affirmations and discuss strategies we can use to face our fears head-on. Learn more about this virtual writing workshop and snag your ticket now while the early bird price lasts!


Have you ever used affirmations? Did they help you at all? Let us know in the comments below!