Sunday, January 29, 2012

Stay Postive My Writer Friends

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” ~Brian Tracy


"I am a writer. Here me roar!"


If you say you're a writer, then write. See it. Do it. It's that simple.

As writers, we sometimes lose perspective along the way, slipping into the dark abyss of "what-the-heck-am-I-doing-land." Many of the great artists that have come before us are familiar with this dark place. I believe for some true artists, it may be a constant battle. It's a cold, lonely place, a place where you may feel there's no turning back. But there is.

All you have to do is coach your way back through the tangled web of negativity. As Nike would say, just do it. Turn around and walk away. Don't look back, because the negativity, which spreads like a infectious disease in artists, will suck you back down into the abyss.

In Candy's land, I too, struggle with the battle of staying positive. It's only natural IF you tend to allow your focus to stray toward the negative. Unfortunately, that's the way some of us artists are made.  I'm not trying to sound preachy, please don't think that of me. I'm merely expressing a side of the artist I feel some of you may share with me.


In a world, where sometimes the possible seems impossible, writers MUST learn to focus on the positive and be thankful for all that comes their way. 


“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”~Buddha

I've decided to make a change, for the better. Starting now, I'm going to show gratitude for every single (no matter how large or small) thing that happens to me. Not only will I show gratitude, but I'm going to adore what comes my way, bad or good, and try to focus on the positive. Seek out the good in the happenings around me.

~I adore my short story "On the Edge of Postal" being accepted and published by Sucker Literary Magazine. Thanks, Sucker!

~I adore that I've received personal feedback & a hint of possibility on Little Acorn's Big Fall. Thanks, Literary Agent :)

~I adore my latest drafted picture book. Thanks, creative mind.

~I adore my progress with revisions on Vinegaroon Moon. Thanks, patience & computer.

~I adore the fact that I have great health insurance and a super team of spine doctors. Thanks, hubby's employer.

~I adore my blog followers, Twitter pals, She Writes gals & SCBWI support, including my critique partner. Thanks, to all!

~I adore the "tilde" symbol on my keyboard. It says, "I'm totally cuter than the dash, and way sassier than a bullet or an asterisk." Thanks, computer keyboard. ;)

I, of course, adore my family, but this post is for my writer family. Thank you for showing up to my page, commenting and spreading the love for the written word. (Thanks, Blogger for providing the space.)

What do you adore? Do you sometimes suffer from the negative darkness? How do you break free? How do you stay positive?


  1. Candy, what a great post. A second all the above :)

    ~Especially the tilda ;) haha

    In all honesty, I don't get negative very often. I'm just not wired that way. For me, everything's always going to be 'just fine'. Which, isn't always a good perspective to have, believe it or not.

    But in writing I keep telling myself, 'just keep writing'. Because if it isn't this MS that lands me the agent, it will be the next one, or the next one, or the next one. EVENTUALLY it will happen. That I have control over.

    I think it's very important to acknowledge all the good things in life and to make as many of those happen as possible. Because THAT'S what we have control over.

    Great post!

  2. That's super-awesome, Kelley! I need more peeps like you in my life. (Showing gratitude for Kelley!)

    "Just keep writing..." Yes! That's the ticket. One way or another, we'll get there. :)

  3. Great reminders. It's so easy to get lost in the every day dirt and forget to be thankful for it. As a writer, I'm thankful for both clean pages and full, scribbly ones. I'm thankful when it goes well, thankful for a great agent, for fresh ideas and big, sloppy stacks of paper. Congrats on all your successes. It is encouraging to see another writer's progress.

    1. Thank you for your blog visit, Faith! I love hearing all that you're thankful for. :))

  4. I adore that in the midst of a whole lot of lemons I've been able to make lemonade!

    1. Isn't that so true for many of us, Elizabeth! I think sometimes we forget to add a bit of sugar and focus on the tart, at least I do.

  5. I adore you!

    For some of us negative is hardwired into the brain along with a lot of other things that we have to battle to get free of. It's a brain disorder, bipolar, and not something that I have a choice in. Unfortunately, a lot of other writers seem to suffer from it (especially the poets, and I do write poetry. There have been studies done and a lot of the most famous poets were also famously bipolar.) But that doesn't mean that I want to say "well that's the hand I'm dealt, that's it."

    I'm grateful for the doctors who have worked so hard to help me, in many specialties. I'm grateful for the doctors who gave me back some use of my sight with which I can read inspiring words like yours, above.

    I'm grateful for so many things, too many to post here but I just want to say I'm also grateful for reminders from people like you that you can work on your attitude, even if you have challenges to overcome (and doesn't everyone?)


    1. Definitely, Bru, I agree. I've read about many great artists who suffered many different types of disorders. It's wonderful you have such a super understanding of what you face, and seem incredibly positive and accepting.

      And, Bru, thank you! I adore you, too. :)) As writing partners on the same path, we need to support one another. No one can run a rodeo all alone.

  6. Great post. I need to be more positive as well. I love all those things you are grateful for...especially the keyboard :)

    1. Ilima, Thank you for your blog visit and comments. Yes, the keyboard is a wonderful thing, isn't it?!

  7. Such a fabulous post! I've been in a writing funk, and I'm trying to get myself on track with the "just do it" mentality. I definitely need to take the time to count my blessings as well. Thanks for the reminder.

  8. Hi, Tricia! Thank you so much, I'm glad it helped. I hope you emerge from your writing funk soon! It's definitely a mucky place to be. Don't judge it, just acknowledge it, and move on. :) Thanks for the blog visit!