Positive Thinking and the Writer


 "Positive thinkers see the invisible, feel the intangible, and achieve the impossible."
~ Sean McCabe

When I was looking for a house a couple of years ago, I saw this quote by Sean McCabe, and it amazed me how accurate it is.

As my husband and I were looking, my husband saw all the things wrong with each house. It had wall paper; it needed a complete renovation; it needed a kitchen; the basement needed to be finished; the rooms weren’t right. The lot was too big. It was a corner property. The list went on and on.

I saw all the things right with each house. I saw how it could be. I had the ability to look beyond what was actually there (see the invisible and feel the intangible) and see what could be.

It made me think about writing. Most writers understand that writing can be a tough business. There are lots of rejections and lots of ups and downs. To survive in this business, you need to keep a positive mindset. You need to persevere. You need to see beyond the slumps. You need to keep moving forward and achieve what may seem impossible.

This also goes for those who want to be an author but have no clue how to go about doing it. Seeing things through a positive mindset allows you to figure out what to do, whether it means hiring a ghostwriter or taking the steps necessary to learn to write yourself.

But it goes beyond writing. As with everything in life, there will be obstacles in your path. Sometimes those obstacles may seem insurmountable. The key is to not let them stop you. Keep moving forward. You might even envision yourself happily beyond the problem or obstacle.

So, whether it’s with your writing life or life itself, be a positive thinker. See the invisible and the intangible, and achieve the impossible.


Karen Cioffi is an award-winning children’s author. She runs a successful children’s ghostwriting, rewriting, and coaching business and welcomes working with new clients.

For tips on writing for children OR if you need help with your project, contact her at Writing for Children with Karen Cioffi.

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Terry Whalin said...


Thank you for this terriric article. As writers we hear "no thank you" a great deal. It is only through optimism, positive thinking and perservereance that we continue. Each of us whether we'are just beginning or like me, doing it for decades, need this positive energy and encouragement.


lastpg said...

Your article couldn't have been more timely for me. I entered one of my stories in a contest and it won! Only problem was that the contest rules state that the story had to be unpublished. I'd forgotten that rule when I got caught up in all it took to publish the book on Amazon. So, my story had to be disqualified! Though I'm missing out on all the accolades I could have received, I did manage to squeak a blurb for my promos out of the win by saying the story placed as a finalist, and I am including a quote that the head of the contest wrote to me: "We appreciate you adding to the caliber of work in the contest and raising the bar for everyone." How is that for positive thinking!!!

Karen Cioffi said...

Glad you liked it Terry. Yes, we writers need encouragement and need to keep a positive mindset. There's so much information on projecting what you want, it's definitely worth practicing.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Interesting you should post this today. I was just reading my daughter’s FB stream. She had a contest for a suggestion of a name she could call the t*mor in her throat. Words do have power and she is waiting for her surgery. She needed something to call it until the 17th when it will be removed with robotic surgery. The winning name is “Flash!! Seems there is something positive in the air these days in spite of appearances! ❤️Hugs, Carolyn

Karen Cioffi said...

Wow! Great work, Linda. And, amazing promo blurbs. It's marketing right when you seize opportunities when they come

Karen Cioffi said...

Carolyn, what a good idea to name the tumor. Positivity is a must. Your daughter is in my prayers. Hugs.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Thank you, Karen. By the way, that "seize opportunity" thing. I have a friend who says "Some people don't know opportunity when it comes down and perches on their noses!" Too funny.

Karen Cioffi said...

LOL. That is funny, Carolyn! Hugs!

deborah lyn said...

Grand topic Karen, just the pep talk I needed to hear!
To survive and persevere requires a positive outlook, seeing beyond the slumps. Things really do look different from there.

Karen Cioffi said...

Thanks, Deborah. It seems we all needed this late-mid-year pick-me-up!

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