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Yes, this is another of those IWSG posts on how positive thinking is the key to writing happiness and fulfillment, so brace yourself. 


A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

someone who figures that taking a step backward after
taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha. 


Testing your level of optimism:

Answer A or B to the following:

A. There’s very little possibility of writing a book that sells in this market.
B. Of course it’s possible to write a book that sells.

A. Chances are slim my cold query is going to attract an agent.
B. My book is fabulous, my query awesome, eventually the stars will align and I will get THE CALL.

A. Why bother to self-market? It’s swimming upstream against the current.
B. Building a readership takes time. If I’m willing to learn and work, I can make it happen.

ALL six of the above answers are valid. The difference is that the A responses embody negative self talk, focusing on why we can’t do something—inevitably talking ourselves into failure, frustration, and unhappiness.


One final test question.

In the photo below, is the glass:
A. half empty?
B. half full?

You get the idea…

So, are you an A looking to become a B? Here are a few suggestions:

    • BE GRATEFUL – think and you’ll fine reasons.
    • Focus on positive alternatives.
    • Surround yourself with positive people.
    • Think of yourself as a positive person, act accordingly. Create your own reality.
    • Stop the negative self talk. Even if your heart tells you A, repeat B as if it were your mantra.
    • Focus on the end of your journey. Failures are opportunities to learn and grow along the way. Ending in failure is a choice not a condition.
    • Have patience. Work hard.
    • Share in other writers’ good news and be INSPIRED.


If all else fails? remember the immortal words of HERM ALBRIGHT (1876 – 1944):

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.


What are your suggestions for staying positive?
I find chocolate helps. Other tips?