By hbthewriter, Mar 26 2017 09:46PM
I got angry with a writer friend this week so much so that I had difficulty bottling it up. It was over the simplest of things but it really got to me. She was talking to someone about taking her driving test. She had failed twice. I heard her sigh and say how she was too old to pass. How the young ones pass first time.
The same woman has the same approach to her writing. Each time she puts a new book out for 99 c ‘I can’t even sell them at that price.’ ‘Oh look, another rejection letter’ or worse she focuses on poor reviews, rather than the positive comments about her work. Her work reflects her attitude. Rather than taking time to put out good quality work she knocks out several books a year, cheap unattractive covers and even worse editing.
I got angry because a couple of years ago, I was making the same damned mistakes and it pains me to see someone else with that destructive thinking I once had about myself.
I admit when it comes to any article about the law of attraction, I can’t resist devouring it in one sitting. Why? Because when you strip back the frills, people whispering whether you know the secret or selling the ancient manifesting rituals that cost $200, I find this principle works for me.
The Law of Attraction works because it is based on the simple philosophy
‘I think, therefore I am.’
On a psychological basis, our behaviour mirrors our beliefs. Our belief systems form patterns, called schemas, which ensure we work consistently with our internal beliefs. We become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I used this very principle to gain a first-class degree in law which people around me told me I wouldn’t. Every time I sat down to revise, or write an essay, or an exam I would envisage the score and getting emotional when I got my final grade. It became such an integral part of my psyche I got the very score in my finals I had written down: 98%. I have aced every job interview because I have envisaged them offering me the job before I even send my CV. I even used to walk about the area where I now live, point to my apartment and tell myself ‘I am going to live there’ and I do.
When I released my first book, I was exhausted from my personal life. I knew my writing was my key to happiness so was keen to release my work. But it was not ready, it got a cheap cover and I hired an editor I really wished I hadn’t (more on that another time). I did not even set an intention and worse I listened to others about how hard it all is.
About a year into writing, I decided to take it seriously and wrote my intentions clearly. It meant I revised my work and completely re-edited it, got a new cover, and a new brand. As my confidence grows, I am becoming bolder and more authentic in my work. As some of my friends were struggling, I was getting 5* reviews and selling signed copies for 4 x the cover price. I say this not to boast, but to show that it is possible.
Now, I want to be an international bestseller, arranging book-signings at major retailers, and I see myself talking about literature at an all-expenses paid visit to New York comic-con. Further, I have a real passion for film and want to be negotiating a script in Hollywood within 12 months.
In reality, I am a long-way away. But the unconscious mind does not need to be told this. Instead, I focus on my vision before writing and my mind works like magic to make it come true. As a result, I have ideas about book promotion and how to reach my audience, different opportunities have opened up which were not available to me before. Ideas for scripts have just landed in my mind coupled with affordable screen-writing courses to help me get there.
Want to be a bestseller? Imagine you already are and watch what happens.
Remember, we act consistently to our beliefs. Does that feel uncomfortable right now? Fine, imagine how you will feel getting a 5* review, or being featured on a notable blog. Keep that feeling in mind whenever you approach your writing.
The big key to making this happen is to indulge your vision and approach your writing as if it is already happening. You will see outstanding results and be a lot happier too.
As for the people reading this and laughing at my lofty ideals. I have this to say:
Just f**king watch me.