Friday, Jun 15, 2012

Monday Makeover (Attitude): Your Words Affect Your Writing Attitude

The Bible is replete with principles for living a successful life. One such principle is found in Proverbs 18:21:  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”  What does this principle have to do with writing? 

A lot! 

The words we speak affect our attitude as writers.  When we speak negative words about ourselves and our writing, we feel discouraged. When we speak positive words about ourselves and our writing, we feel encouraged. 

Another Biblical principle is that “faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10:17).  Whatever we hear often enough, we will believe. What are you hearing repeatedly about your writing, especially from your own lips?  

Are you hearing and speaking words that bring life to your writing career, or are you hearing and speaking words that bring death to it? 

Let me give you a few examples of each: 

Death-producing words:

·      I have to be a big name to succeed as a writer.

·      I can’t make a living from my writing.

·      I’ll never get published.

Life-producing words:

·      Outstanding writing will make a place for me.

·      can make a living from my writing.

·      If I don’t give up, I’ll eventually get published. 

Early in my writing career, I began speaking positive words about myself and my writing.  For example, when editors were repeatedly rejecting my work, I would say, “Editors ask me to write for them.”  Today, editors ask me to write for them.

You too can speak life to your writing career.  To help you, I’ve written a power-packed e-book called Self-Image and the Writer.   Get your copy here.  

And now, it’s your turn.  What do you say to yourself—both silently and aloud—about your writing career?  Do you need to change what you say?

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4 thoughts on “Monday Makeover (Attitude): Your Words Affect Your Writing Attitude

  1. MaryAnn, I can’t tell you how timely and comforting this is for me to read. I recently posted an entry on my blog about measuring success where I shared how in recent times I don’t feel successful because I’ve been measuring it by quantitative vs. qualitative standards.

    Your remarks here jumped at me, and I realized I’ve been doing some of the very things you describe. If we speak negativity in our lives, we’ll reap negativity. Thanks so much for sharing this wisdom and reminding us that finding our blessings is all about our attitudes.

    June 25, 2012 10:18 PM

    • Hi, Jon,

      Thank you for your post. I am delighted that you were blessed. Praise the Lord!

      We all need reminders about the words we speak. I often say that God made me a writer and a teacher of the Word because I need the repetition more than anyone. 🙂

      It’s always great hearing from you, Jon. May our Lord richly bless you, today and always!


      June 26, 2012 8:13 AM

  2. I agree! Many years ago you gave me my favorite piece of writing advice. You said, “Call yourself a writer.” I squeaked it out timidly at first, but as I followed your advice I gained confidence and courage, and now I know that I am a writer. Thank you for your wise words of encouragement!



    June 26, 2012 9:16 PM

    • Karen, it has been a great joy for me to watch you develop as a writer. I know what you mean about “squeaking it out timidly at first.” When I first acknowledged that I am a writer, I nearly choked on the words. 🙂 But as you yourself have experienced, there is power in our words.

      May our Lord continue to broaden your areas of writing influence, for His glory and for the building of His Kingdom.



      June 27, 2012 12:10 PM