13. Affirm Your Writing With Affirmations, Like Adams

- October 16-

“What I’m saying is not my belief, that if you say your affirmations something magical will happen, and the universe will change in some non-science way. Alright? […]
If you can give yourself the genuine feeling that you have a super power, even if it wasn’t real, as long as it didn’t interfere with your job, nobody thought you were crazy, it would be a cool feeling, so so even if it’s not real in some sense of reality it’s still worth having frankly…”
-Scott Adams, Author of Dilbert on The Tim Ferriss Show

Scott Adams does not come across as someone that drinks the kool-aid. Maybe it’s because I project Dilbert’s personality onto him, but I think of him as somewhat of a cynic. Still, he has some great stories of affirmations, some including sex, money, and tests. (here)

Today based upon Scott Adams stories we’re encouraging you to start your daily 1,666+ words with affirmations. Approach it like him, not for new age universal magical reasons. Do it even if you could never imagine Dilbert sitting down and writing “I am going to reach my full potential today…”

An easy and unarguable reason to start your daily writing in November with an affirmation is to get yourself in the rhythm of typing. This goes back to what we recommended in Day 1 with Hunter S. Thompson. Starting by typing without having to think about what you’ll type works as figurative stretching for your writing (thanks for the great analogy @mistermyersw4l).

Getting yourself in the zone to believe in your writing is also a benefit. In writing you are your own worst enemy, so start off by getting you on your side. Affirmations probably don’t change the universe around you, but they can definitely change the universe within you. Get ready to believe in what you’re writing.

Why not start your daily writing by reminding yourself:

I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.
I am thankful to be here writing today.

…or that it’s a process…

I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.
I am improving as a writer with each word.

…or just take control of the universe if you want… 😉

I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo
I am going to sell more than 50 shades of my NaNoWriMo

Be your own best “bro” or cheerleader, even if you’ve got a radical one like we talked about in Day 8.

Get yourself hyped to move a little closer to your goal, and give yourself a little extra positivity going into the day. At the very least, get your fingers ready and get used to hearing the keys sing as you rattle out your 15 affirmations, riding the momentum into the first 15 words of your next set of 1,666 and beyond!

Then get ready to look back at all your words when you’re done for the day… tomorrow!

(Or actually next week, as we’ve got to take off the weekend from blogging to make our soundtracks and plan for November!)


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