Have you ever heard a song that became your anthem, your jam, your life’s theme song. A song that touched you in a way you rarely feel touched. A song that you connected with on a very deep, emotional, and personal level. If it wasn’t a song, maybe it was a speech, a podcast, or a quote.
Whatever it was, writers know better than anyone there is power in language. Words can make us feel, act, and achieve. So why don’t we take better advantage of words that inspire us? If you are struggling to write or revise you need to create a mantra that inspires you.
How to Create a Mantra that Inspires You to Write
Create a Mantra that You Believe
Your writer’s mantra can be just about anything you want it to be. But you will want to make sure you create a mantra that you believe is true. You won’t feel very encouraged if you’re lying to yourself every time you say your writer’s mantra. “I’m the BEST Writer in the world” might not be a good mantra. But “Somebody needs my writing” might be the perfect mantra. Keep it simple, and make sure it is something you believe. As you begin to believe in yourself more and more, you can always create a mantra that reflects your increased belief in yourself and your writing abilities.
Create a Mantra that has Positive Connotations
Your mantra will not help you if any words make you feel negative in any way. Even if the overall idea helps you, if the words are not carefully chosen, your mantra will fall short of it’s full potential. The mantra “Do better” may cause more overwhelm than inspiration. How are you going to do better? What does doing better look like? If you like this kind of mantra, go for it. But odds are a mantra with a little more love will be more inspiring.
“Try, try, try again” might be a better mantra. It evokes idea that you can try over and over and over again. And that can give you the courage and motivation to keep writing until you get it right. Yet to some, this mantra might sound tiring. So there is no right or wrong word choice, but you need to create a mantra with words that inspire you. Avoid words that have any negative association.
Questions to Help You Create A Mantra that Inspires
I think the best way to create your writer’s mantra is to think about what writing really means to you. Why am I a writer? What kind of writer do I want to be? What writing goals do I want to achieve? What do I want my mantra to help me feel? What do I want my mantra to help me overcome? What words make me feel happy and confident? What words fill me with fear or dread?
What do you do when you don’t feel good enough as a writer? What will your writer’s mantra be?