The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a monthly blog hop where writers encourage one another in their writing career. This week I have chosen to write about how the Law of Attraction effects all creative writers. The Law of Attraction first appeared in print in 1877 in a book written by Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky but it has been known to humans since ancient times.
What exactly is the Law of Attraction?
Basically, the Law of Attraction states when you think of positive thoughts you will reap positives but if you think negative thoughts then you will only attract negatives in your life.
OK, I get it. But what does this have to do with me as a writer?
Great question. The Law of Attraction doesn't only work with your thoughts. It also works with your actions. Writers who are constantly encouraging others, are helpful and write because they are passionate about it will attract readers towards them. Readers aren't stupid. They will stalk the writers they love on social media. They love to google their favorite writer's names and read whatever they find on them. Even better, an author who gives away a signed copy of their book to one of their readers. They in turn tell their friends and family about the amazing experience they had just had. The friends and family, in turn, start following that author. Readers don't want to see negatives on an author's social media sites. They want to live vicariously through their favorite authors.
Yet, there are some writers who never attract the kind of attention they want to their books. Why? More than likely their social media is filled with negatives. They constantly complain about one thing or another. The worse thing a potential reader wants to see on a writer's social media is when the writer publicly attacks a publishing house, another author or anyone else in the book world. The writer may think they are helping other writers out but all they are doing in the long wrong is damaging their own reputation.
Which brings me to another point, if the writer receives a bad review never, EVER, respond back to the reviewer. It will only make you look bad. Readers want to know that you can take constructive criticism and apply it to your next literary work. You never know if the person reading the review is going to buy your book or not. They just might because they want to find out for themselves what is so wrong with it.
Then there are the bully boards. We've all heard about those. Sites such as Absolute Writes, which by the way is by far the worst bully board out there. These boards lure new writers in, promising to give the writer a place to vent their feelings and find valuable resources. YET, it's quite the opposite. Bully boards are a great place for negative authors to tear down publishing houses and authors they don't agree with. The owner of Absolute Writes even go so far to encourage the members to break their nondisclosure agreements, commit slander and libel. There are plenty of warnings from other authors about the abusive tendencies in that group. Just google it. I'm sure you'll find plenty of complaints on that board. I did. Bully boards are just a breeding place for negative writers. Yet, these writers aren't helping anyone. They are only attracting more negativity in their lives.
If you really want to have a successful writing career then you have to start with your own thoughts and behavior. Be positive. Think positive. And good things will happen for you. Don't view your writing career as burdensome. Enjoy the gift you've been given.