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Start Your Week Off Write: What Is Your Writing Mantra?


sandpainting by Brian Pike, courtesy Creative Commons

by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador

About three years ago I decided to pursue my long buried dream of being a writer. My desire to write outweighed my abject terror by only a few ounces, so after a lot of procrastination I signed up for a community college class. There were six or seven people in that first class. I took many classes after that first one, but at the time I didn’t think I could handle that kind of intimate setting. Sharing my writing with. . . other. . . people? But then I met Romney.

Romney was my first writing teacher. She is a teacher, creativity coach, watercolor artist and ordained minister. She doesn’t know how much her encouragement in that class helped me realize that my dream was worth pursuing. One of the greatest ideas she planted in my brain was this:

What is your mantra?

What are you saying to yourself to keep yourself on the writing path? Her answer to the question still sticks with me: NOW is the best time to write.

Romney Nesbitt’s book Secrets From A Creativity Coach

I think it’s good to have a mantra or saying that you can use to motivate yourself. Sometimes you’re emotionally drained or tired and you don’t feel like writing. That’s when talking to yourself with a quote, mantra or saying will kickstart your motivation. You need to talk to yourself about your writing self. Whether it’s a quote from a famous writer or motivational personality, a scripture or spiritual saying, or a phrase you come up with yourself, you can talk yourself into putting pen to paper during those down times we all have once in a while.

Do you have a mantra or a favorite quote that motivates you? Please share in the comments and let’s get inspired. 🙂

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    • So glad you’re getting encouragement from the posts, Marie. That makes my day. 🙂

      Jeff Goins is a great one for motivation. I loved his e-books ‘The Writer’s Manifesto’ and ‘You Are A Writer’ (So Start Acting Like One)’. It was weird when I first started calling myself a writer, but when it’s in harmony with what’s in your heart, it’s empowering. Sounds like a good mantra to me. 😉

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  1. My constant mantra is “Everything can revised to read better–but I have to WRITE it first.” Those pesky blank pages are pretty useless.

    Joan

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