One of my womag writer’s group circulated a story for critique which was about the power of positive thinking. It involved the concept of the Law of Attraction, something I’d only vaguely heard of before and not really paid much attention to: I certainly hadn’t heard the actual term “Law of Attraction” before.
The story caused a little bit of debate in our emails, some people having no faith in this sort of thing, others being more positive. Me, I just liked the story.
However, I’m currently analysing the Woman’s Weekly market as I’m struggling to sell into it. I was surprised how many of their stories had an element of positivity. Me, being a glass half empty morose sort of person, I am going to struggle more to achieve that and it pushes me out of my comfort zone. Can ‘positive thinking’ help, I wondered?
It’s an interesting concept, even though there is no scientific basis. Simply put, by focussing on positive or negative thoughts you bring positive or negative things into your life courtesy of the universe. For a pessimist like me it should be a no brainer.
According to Wiki how, there are 7 steps:
- Meditate for 5-10 minutes a day (optional)
- Be clear about what you want so you can send a clear message to the universe!
- Send a clear picture to the universe to ask for what you want
- Write your wish down (present tense, all positive words): imagine what you wish coming true every day
- Feel how you will feel after your wish has been granted
- Show gratitude for everything the universe has given you
- Trust the universe. (This bit is complicated and I don’t really understand what it’s saying TBH). Don’t stress about the how, let the universe do it for you.
So, that’s a success with Woman’s Weekly in the bag. As long as I don’t mess up on trusting the universe. Probably, however, I’ll continue to research the market as well, just as a back-up.
Last night I tried this positive thinking malarkey out by being very positive about beating my husband at scrabble and having 3 7-letter words. You know what? I had a rare victory, though only one 7-letter word.
And here is the obvious flaw – if we’d both imagined ourselves winning that game, well, one of us was always going to be disappointed.
Still, it can’t help being positive about a sale to WW. I have a sneaking suspicion that success is more in the hands of fiction editor Emma than the universe, but I won’t lose anything by visualising and trusting some intangible cosmos-based thing. I won’t be meditating, though. Every time I try that, I fall asleep.
I’ll report back in a few months (I note that there is no time limitation on success for the universe to grant your wish, but a couple of months seems a reasonable trial to me, at say one or two submissions a month.) Meanwhile, I need to find a front cover of Woman’s Weekly and pin it up somewhere I can see it.
So, how about you? Do you think some positive thinking and visualisation is going to increase your chances of writing success?