Your thoughts create your feelings. Your feelings control your actions. And your actions create your results.
In order to accomplish the beautiful writing goals you have for yourself, you must fill your mind with beautiful thoughts!
But there’s one important caveat when it comes to these beautiful thoughts…You have to believe them for the magic to actually happen!
Here are 12 simple mantras that will fill you with inspiration, encouragement, and drive for your writing endeavors.
P.S.—if you want to really see how well these mantras will work for you (aka, see if they’re producing the feelings and actions you need) plug them into a Model. You can see a detailed walkthrough of how to use the Model in 2 Steps to Your Writing Breakthrough!
1. I can do hard things.
Writing is hard! Admitting it’s hard in conjunction with knowing you have the stamina and ability to handle hard things will create an extremely powerful confidence in you.
2. I am new at this. I’m not supposed to be good yet.
When you’re an artist, it’s hard to sit with work you know isn’t great yet. But the only way to get great is to wade through a lot of really, really bad writing first.
This mantra helps you to get comfortable in your beginning pages and gives you the patience needed until you get to the point where your writing starts to get better.
3. I’m willing to feel uncomfortable.
Discomfort is part of growing and evolving. I like to think of a tiny flower pushing its way through the dirt to get to the surface—that can’t feel good, but it’s necessary if it ever wants to see the sun.
Opening yourself up to all the uncomfortable feelings writing brings (like fear, self-doubt, and even boredom) is required to get to the next step in your writing endeavor.
4. Everything is figureoutable.
This has become one of the most empowering mantras for me personally! Everything truly is figureoutable, from the technical how-to steps to the more abstract parts of your writing career.
When you start to worry that you don’t know how to outline a novel, you don’t have the writing credentials agents want, or you are just plain out of ideas, remember that everything is figureoutable.
5. One day, I will be someone’s favorite author.
Think of one of your favorite authors. At one point, they were unpublished and unknown. You’ve probably seen this quote floating around—a professional writer is an amatuer who didn’t quit.
When you’re struggling to keep going, to keep showing up for your writing every day, try this mantra on for size. Think of all your future readers, longing to read your work. This mantra is guarantee to fan that writing flame.
6. The “How” will figure itself out.
Have you ever purposely not started a project, idea, or endeavor because you didn’t know how it would actually happen?
When your mind demands to know the plan before you start that’s just fear masquerading in a really clever costume. The how—the actual steps to your dream—always comes with focused action.
The next time you think about your writing dreams and you brain starts to freak out because it doesn’t know “how” it will ever happen, repeat this mantra to yourself and let trust take the place of panic.
7. I am confident in my ability to figure this out.
This one is along the lines of “everything is figureoutable” but it’s a bit more nuanced. This mantra helps you to realize your own resourcefulness and ability to find the answers.
Maybe you don’t know the exact answer to a problem right now, but you do now how to research, ask questions, and learn.
Don’t put your confidence in your skill level, but instead in your ability to learn new things, find answers, and solve problems.
8. I know exactly what the first step is.
When we sit down to write and that blank page is staring back at us, it’s really easy to get extremely overwhelmed. Writing (especially long projects like writing a novel) is highly complicated and consists of many, many steps.
When you sense yourself getting overwhelmed at all the things you have to do, or when you’re freaking out because you don’t even know what it is you need to do, just remember this—you know what Step 1 is. That might mean you open a new Google doc or you write a single word on a sheet of paper.
Repeat this mantra to yourself until you get that first word down on the paper. Then if you need to, repeat it again until you get that second one down. Then Repeat, repeat, repeat.
9. This is supposed to feel bad.
If you’re feeling any kind of discomfort, that’s a good thing! It means you’re doing it right because discomfort means you’re growing.
If you’re able to pinpoint a specific negative feeling you’re experiencing, plug it into this mantra. This is supposed to feel doubtful. This is supposed to feel embarrassing. This is supposed to feel vulnerable.
Every single negative emotion that comes up during your writing is good! Recognize it and then use this mantra to embrace it.
10. I am scared and that’s okay.
This is similar to #9. Try plugging any negative emotion you’re experiencing into this mantra. I’m doubtful and that’s okay. I’m feeling inadequate and that’s okay.
Most of the time, adding “and that’s okay” to a thought can turn it from negative to positive. For example, when you’re thinking “I’m scared” over and over, you’re brain starts to panic, thinking you’re in danger because you’re experiencing fear. That feeling of fear would then lead procrastination, avoidance, or even quitting.
However, when you tack on “and that’s okay” to the end of a fear-causing thought, it’s enough to calm your mind down. When you’re calm, you’re better able to work through fear instead of running from it.
This is a subtle thought shift, but it can lead to completely different feeling→ action→ trajectories.
11. Self-doubt is normal. It’s part of the process.
Negative feelings are good! When you feel yourself start to panic because writing is feeling scary or overwhelming, remember, that’s normal. Nothing has gone wrong. You’re on the right path and you’re doing everything correctly.
Repeating this mantra will help ease anxiety and fear, allowing you to work with a more peaceful mind.
12. It will feel so good to lay my head on my pillow tonight knowing I left it all on the table.
Working is hard, especially when you’re doing something as emotionally and mentally draining as writing. But here’s the thing—it’s exhausting to work really hard, but it’s also exhausting to hold back.
There are 2 types of exhausting: fueling exhaustion that comes from giving everything you have and depleting exhaustion that comes from holding back because you’re scared.
When you find yourself saying things like “I don’t feel like doing that right now” or “I’ll rewrite this sentence when I have more energy”, try to replace those resisting thoughts with this mantra.
Yes, you’re exhausted, but can you push a little harder? You can! You’ll be tired, but just think how good you’ll sleep, knowing you tried your very, very hardest.