|Pamela S. Thibodeaux|
Artists have been living under the “starving artist” syndrome/curse for years. It’s time to put that old adage to rest! There is creative power in writing and speaking.
GOD said, “My word will not come back void” and “The power of life and death are in the tongue and he who indulges in it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
SCIENTISTS have proven that sound goes into infinity then bounces back.
THE BIBLE tells us to “write the vision and make it plain upon the tablets...”
SUCCESS COACHES tell us writing goals makes them 10x more likely to come true and that writing/speaking affirmations can change any circumstance in our life.
PROVERBS teaches us, “As a man believes in his heart, therefore he is.”
THE LAW OF ATTRACTION states what you focus on you will get.
In light of all this, shouldn’t we be careful in what we say about ourselves and our work?
Speaking of which, what does your tagline and/or brand say about your vision of yourself as a writer? Your tagline is important because it is a written statement about you and your work, and every time someone reads or says it, those words are given power to create something in your life and career!
My initial thought for a tagline was “the Nora Roberts of Christian fiction.” Because I worried about what Nora and her ‘people’ would say about that (not realizing emulation is the highest form of flattery & the greatest compliment), I chose a different tagline. But I often I wonder where my career would be today had I stuck with my original thought.
Back in 2010 when I received my 4th quarter royalty statement for 2009 I was devastated. I realized my husband’s illness and subsequent death hindered and halted my writing and promotional efforts but c’mon, that was ridiculous! Frustrated, I looked up to heaven and said, “God, I’ve always said my writing was about the message, not the money, but I don’t know the message is getting out if there are no sales!" Just speaking that aloud caused an increase in sales for 2010, but not until 2011 did I put the theory of writing affirmations to the test.
Raised Catholic, I knew the benefits of Lenten practices so I decided to write one page a day of positive statements such as I am an anointed and successful writer in my prayer journal for 40 days beginning March 9th. That year 1st & 2nd quarter sales increased by six times the amount they were in the last quarter of 2010!
I continue the practice to this day.
If you are doubting, belittling, or comparing your work to others and/or bemoaning your sales reports, take heed and take heart, because you can change those results by focusing on what you prophesy (speak and say) about your ability and success as an author.
The Bible; The Laws of Thinking by Bishop E Bernard Jordan; The Secret by Rhonda Byrne; Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra; A Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Wayne Dyer; The Success Principles by Jack Canfield.
Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the co-founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”
The Inheritanceis about the chance we all long for…the chance to start over. Widowed at age thirty-nine and suffering from empty nest syndrome, Rebecca Sinclair is overshadowed by grief and loneliness. Her husband has been deceased for a year, her oldest child has moved to New York in pursuit of an acting career and her youngest child is attending college in France. Having spent over half of her life as a wife and mother, she has no idea what God has in store for her now. Will an unexpected inheritance in the wine country of New York bring meaning and purpose to her life and give her the courage to love again? US Postal worker Raymond Jacobey has been in love with the little widow since he first set eyes on her. A wanderer searching for the ever-illusive soul mate, Ray has never stayed in one place too long. Raised by self-centered, high-power executives, he’s longed for the idyllic life of residing in a cozy house in a small town with the love of his life. Will he gain the heart of the lovely widow or will he lose her to the wine country of New York?
The Inheritance is available from Pelican Book Group in Print and Ebook, and on Kindle & Nook!