Have you ever been in a writing funk with no end in sight, questioning every word you’ve ever put on paper, and then suddenly you hear or see something inspiring that suddenly lights a fire underneath you? You can’t grab a pen and paper fast enough! When you’re typing, your fingers can’t keep up with your thoughts, they’re flying so fast. That funk you were in feels like it was a million years ago. Positive affirmations for writing can help deliver these results on demand.
Instead of waiting for inspiration to strike, what if you always had this inspiration at your fingertips, and it was specifically tailored to you and your writing needs? What if you could prevent yourself from falling into a funk in the first place?
Read on to learn how to harness positive affirmations for writing.
What are positive affirmations?
Affirmations are short but powerful phrases that help shift your mindset into one of positivity and abundance. Think of positive affirmations like cheerleaders at a game who are yelling, “Go team! YES WE CAN! Fight, fight, fight!” and then someone is tossed in the air and the crowd goes wild. Positive affirmations capture that same energy, excitement, and sense of empowerment.
You can craft positive affirmations for writing that pump you up in the same way. By writing them down and saying them aloud, you’re acting as your own cheer squad and mentally preparing yourself for a slam dunk.
If a friend was doubting their writing, what would you say to them? You wouldn’t say, “You suck at writing. Just give up.” Instead, you would probably say something like, “You’re an amazing writer. Your work inspires me! Keep going—people need to hear your story.”
Now, what if you spoke to yourself that way?
“I am an amazing writer. My work is an inspiration to other people. I keep writing because people need to hear my story.”
See what a difference that makes? The positive language creates a much more exciting and empowering energy, doesn’t it? And by putting it in the present tense, you are telling your brain that it is already true! You’re not waiting around to be an amazing writer—you already are one!
You might also like my post on “Mindfulness Meditation Benefits for Writing.”
How to Write Your Own Positive Affirmations for Writing
The most powerful affirmations are the ones that speak to you on a personal level, whether they are written by you or by someone else. When writing your affirmations, use the following guidelines:
Use “I” and “My” statements
Remember, affirmations should be uniquely personal. You should feel distinct ownership of these statements because they come from the very heart of who you are and what you want to achieve.
Keep it positive!
Positivity raises the energy you put out into the world and the energy that other people feel from you. You’ve likely experienced this before: Would you rather spend time with someone who was down in the dumps, or someone who was living life to the fullest and enjoying every moment? Affirmations are the same. Negative statements will drag you down, but positive statements will lift you up.
Keep it in the “now” by using verbs that are in the present tense
This is a neat little trick that helps your brain understand that you are a great writer now. It relieves the stress and pressure of becoming a great writer, because you already are a great writer.
Use passionate language
The easiest way to do this is to use action words. One of my favorite words to include in positive affirmations about writing is “empower.” This might resonate with you, or it might not—if you need inspiration, break out your favorite thesaurus!
Don’t worry about the “how”
If you want to be a best-selling writer, you might write a positive affirmation like, “I am grateful for being a best-selling writer because it allows me to reach a wider audience and change millions of lives for the better.” Don’t get stuck on how you became a best-selling writer and the many minute details (the nitty-gritty of writing a book, hiring an agent, getting published, etc., etc.). Instead…
Focus on how the affirmation makes you feel
So you’re a best-selling writer, so what? What does that feel like? If it’s a major goal for you and you’re writing an affirmation about it, then it probably feels freakin’ amazing, like the joy of a thousand burning suns, right?! Why is reaching this goal so important to you? What conjures up that feeling? Above, we used the example of reaching a wider audience and helping change people’s lives, but there could be a multitude of reasons. Maybe becoming a best-selling author makes you so joyful because it allows you to become financially independent and live a life of freedom. Or maybe selling a ton of books allows you to pay off your parents’ mortgage. Again, this is where it becomes important to make the affirmation personal.
Be specific and clear
This ties directly into the above point, but your positive affirmation for writing should NOT be vague. What exactly do you get out of this achievement or win? When you close your eyes and visualize yourself acting out this affirmation, what do you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell? Not all of these components need to be crammed into your affirmation—pick what resonates most strongly with you.
Use “I choose” and “I am grateful for” or “I am thankful for” in your affirmation
Want to kick your affirmation up a notch? Including this language gives you even more ownership of this deeply personal affirmation. Also, research has shown that practicing gratitude over time can help boost your happiness!
Affirmations for Writing to Get You Started
Below are a handful of very basic positive affirmations for writing. You can use them as they are, or personalize them to suit your needs.
- I am amazing at writing.
- My writing brings joy to people.
- I am passionate about telling my story through writing.
- My writing inspires others.
- I am the master of words!
- My writing empowers and elevates others.
- I help people tell the stories they can’t tell themselves.
- My writing gives a voice to the stories of others.
- I feel empowered as I write.
- My writing brings me joy.
- I choose to share my writing and my story to inspire the world.
- I am in my “flow” as I write.
- My writing is a special gift I am sharing with the world.
- I believe that writing is what I was meant to do.
- I am one with the Universe as I write.
- I choose the path of the writer.
- I am grateful to have the gift of writing.
- I am grateful for the life experiences that have molded me into a writer.
- I love being a writer!
- I choose to practice personal growth through writing.
You Have Chosen an Affirmation—Now What?
So you’ve landed on one or two positive affirmations for writing that speak to you and get your blood pumping—great! But it doesn’t end there. Now that you have chosen your affirmations, you need to put them into practice.
You can do this by writing them down and/or by speaking them aloud. Perhaps you might chose to do this in a journal entry or by putting them on sticky notes and hanging them in a place you see every day. The important thing is to refer to them daily. The more you think, write, and speak your positive affirmations, the more powerful they become! Don’t worry if you feel a little silly at first. Soon your affirmation will become your mantra and a powerful tool that can both calm your nerves and inspire you. Practice it enough, and it will become so deeply ingrained that it will feel like a long-held belief.
Set a goal for writing and/or repeating your affirmations daily for at least two weeks. Track your progress and check in with yourself at the end of that time to see how you feel. Does the affirmation still resonate with you? Is it helping you to feel more empowered as a writer and overcome those writing funks? Maybe there is part of it you want to tweak. That’s totally okay! Affirmations can and should change over time based on your goals and how they make you feel. If you don’t feel as if your affirmation is leveling you up, try a new one!
What positive affirmations for writing do you like to use? Leave it in the comments—you never know who it might inspire!