You can use the power of your subconscious mind to write better and be a successful writer, says Kelly Stone in her book, Thinking Write. What you need, she says, is genuine intent, repetition, and a burning desire.
These are the three things you need to get whatever you want, say those who believe in the law of attraction. So what is genuine intent, repetition and a burning desire?
Here is what Kelly Stone says in Thinking Write:
Genuine intent is the first step to take to get what you want. You have to convince the subconscious mind that you can achieve your goal. You won’t succeed if you want it only half-heartedly or doubt you can have it.
Taking baby steps is a good way to succeed, says Stone. Suppose you want to write a novel. Start by trying to write one page a day. You can do it – and, once you do, you will have greater confidence in your ability to write and that will increase your chances of writing that novel.
Repetition is the second thing you need to do. Repeat to yourself what you want. If you want to write one page each day, repeat to yourself, “I will write one page every day”. Saying it just once a day won’t do. You have to repeat it over and over to programme your subconscious mind for success in getting what you want.
Burning desire is the third and final element required for subconscious programming. Desire is different from intent, says Stone. She explains: Intent is at the thinking level: “I am determined to finish my novel”. Desire is at the feeling level: “When I finish my novel, I’ll feel great because I’ll be fulfilling a lifetime dream.”
Desire is a powerful motivator. When you want something, you think about it all the time. That makes it more likely to happen. Stone says: “Repetitive thinking influences your subconscious mind to begin processing information that will make your intent a reality.”
Positive statements and creative visualization
To succeed, you must always think and talk about yourself in positive terms, says Stone. Use positive statements or declarations to reach your goals, she says. Using positive statements is known in psychology as self-fulfilling prophecy, she adds. Your positive statements should be in the present tense, says Stone. Instead of saying,“I will be a bestselling writer”, say: “I am a bestselling writer”.
Use creative visualization, she adds. Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life. Decide what you want and visualize you already have it. If you want to write a novel, visualize it’s already been published and is out in the bookstores.
Creative visualization can help overcome writer’s block, says Kelly Stone: “Whenever you get stuck, imagine the words in your head flowing down your arms, through your hands, into the keyboard. Sit for a few minutes in silence and see the words flowing like water out of your brain and into your computer or notebook.” A good time to do creative visualization is before going to sleep, she adds.