Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Better Mantra for a Writer

She believed she could, so she did.

That’s become my mantra of late.  There are alot of things I want to do – I want to finish my current novel, write my blog, and build my ghost blogging and social media business. I want to go Paris. I want to spend time with my family. I want to lose weight and improve my fitness. My mantra tells me that if I believe in my ability to accomplish my dreams I can. The ugly truth is that belief in yourself is often not sufficient. I wish it were.

Faith in yourself must be accompanied by copious amounts of effort – hard work. My sore muscles are reminding me of that this morning. I spent yesterday at the local YMCA. Thirty minutes on the bike and two sets on each of the weight machines. I feel good about the effort; just don’t ask me to lift my arms over my head.

Writing, no matter how passionate I feel or how great a story I have to tell requires effort, as well. Belief in myself must take me to the keyboard and put the pen in my hand. It must drive me to on-going exercise, and daily practice. Writing is one of those things that “she did,” past tense, never comes because there is always something else to write.

Maybe a better mantra for a writer would be “she believes she can, so she does.” She does sit down to her computer daily. She does plan out time to write. She does keep a journal.  And when one goal is accomplished, she does move on to the next.



  1. You're right Marie, you do write, and take care of yourself, and all the rest. You do what you can and then you do it some more. Also, I love the roses.

  2. Marie,

    I love this post. I too shall believe and BE.

  3. I love your mantra~~Great Post!!
    Jackie McMullen (Facebook Friend)