10 Ways a Positive Attitude Makes for a More Productive Writer

We don’t need another study to tell us that in traditional workplaces, happy workers are more productive, more creative, more energetic workers.

In case you’re interested in the stats,  Forbes reckons the cumulative conclusion to be happy workers are three times more creative, have 31% higher rates of productivity and 37% more sales than their frowning counterparts.

It makes perfect sense.

Workers in these studies are immersed in positive environments, given praise and reward for their efforts and work as a valued part of an effective team (or at least that’s the theory), they’re driven to produce more results.

A happy worker is a productive worker.

But how might this psychology translate to the writer, especially to the writer working on their own?

Are positive writers more productive writers?

In short, yes.

Longer… absolutely yes.

I want to clarify at this point, in no way am I saying that writing and creativity can only come from the good and the positive – negative experience and emotion can, in some creators, inspire deep, honest and brilliant creations. The point of this discussion is on how a positive attitude towards the work and the working environment can enhance a writer’s productivity. It’s based on my personal experiences.

Let’s take a closer look.

10 Ways a Positive Attitude Makes for a More Productive Writer

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1. No More “What’s the Point?” Attitude Slowing You Down

That negative niggle, “What’s the point?” “Why am I doing this?” and similar sentiments that go hand in hand with a negative mindset lead to a lot of navel gazing and not much writing.

How can you write when you can’t even see the reason for doing so?

The point is writing.

Whether that’s for money or its own reward, writing creates writing and that’s why you’re a writer. Got it? Great! Now you can stop wasting time asking questions that only get us bogged down in misery.

2. People Are More Willing to Help and Collaborate

Have we forgotten that old myth about the lone wolf artist living in solitude? If not, we should.

While a lot of writers (me included) relish the alone time to actually get the words down, when it comes to creating THINGS with those words (like, um, real books?) we need help.

It could be help from traditional publishing spheres like agents or publishers or editors, and even indie authors need some help with beta readers, cover designers, copy editors and the like. It could be help from a writing buddy.

If you’re trying to transform your words into actual products, writing can’t be a solitary practice.

We need people to work with. And who wants to work with a negative naysaying nut? Not me, or in fact, most people.

A positive mindset will help you to foster connections and collaborations with the right people, enhancing creative partnerships and helping you create more than just words on a page that never see the light of day.

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3. Setbacks Aren’t Crippling

Sometimes things don’t work. Books don’t sell. Plot holes don’t fill. Reviews are negative. A writer will suffer setbacks.

A negative writer might come up against these and fall to their knees, paralysed with fear and uncertainty and unwillingness to get up and get back out there for fear that might happen again.

A positive writer looks, listens, learns and moves on, learning from the past and eager to embrace the present and the future.

And in writing terms, that’s always more words, more books, more satisfaction.

4. Fosters an Eagerness to Work

I’ve worked a lot of different jobs in my time but never have I ever bounded out of bed, happy and eager to start the day as when I turned my hand to being a pro writer.

I love my work in practice and theory, it makes me happy and that happiness translates into me wanting to do it more and more and more.

That’s more words, more books, more happy! It’s a beautiful cycle.

5. More Energy

When I’m feeling emotionally and or mentally crappy, it’s hard to get up the energy and do anything let alone create.

When I’m feeling positive, it’s the opposite story. I’m fired up in every aspect of life, and there’s no stopping me as I fly through To Do lists leaving nothing but words and satisfaction in my wake.

Positive people are energetic people. I don’t know the science behind it, I only know from first-hand experience, is that it’s true.

6. Happiness Keeps You Healthy

The effects of negativity and stress on your immune system and general physical well-being are exstensively documented.

Negativity breeds illness. Positivity breeds wellness.

The less time you spend being sick and not feeling great, the more time you’ve got to be actively working on your writing.

7. Increased Personal Value

Here’s another beautiful cycle. I love being a writer. Writing, producing content that people enjoy and find helpful makes me feel great! It makes me feel valued.

That’s not a value that I’m getting from the appreciation others, it’s a value I give to myself and the more I write, the more I value myself.

I’m not saying my writing is changing the world or making a colossal impact on the face of literature, but I know I do touch a few people with my work and that is enough to make me feel like what I’m doing is important to more than just my own interests.

And the more I write, the more this great feeling wells and the more I write.

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8. Dreams are More Attainable

With a positive attitude, we look towards our goals and instead of the negative voices (“I can’t!”; “It will take ages!”; “What if it doesn’t work?”), we get the positive opposites (“I can do this!”; “It’s working, slowly but surely I can see it taking place!”; “It’s working!”). Or if it’s not working, we get “Oh well, what can I do now to turn that around?”

About a squillion people in the world have dreams of writing a book. Not that many people do it. What’s the difference between those who don’t and those who do? Writing. Thinking it CAN happen and then putting that into an actionable process and MAKING it ACTUALLY happen.

Dreams can come true. There’s usually just a hell of a lot of hard work to make it so.

9. The Process Is Reward in Itself

That thing I mentioned above about the lot of hard work in between the dream and the dream coming true? Well, that’s easier if it’s fun.

Writing is the only part of the process we have any true control over.

We don’t know if we’ll get published, or even if we’re indie published, we don’t know if the books will sell. We don’t know if people will leave good reviews, or any reviews. We don’t know anything!

All we have is the writing, that’s all we can control so why not see that as a reward in itself?

10. Positive Engagement with Readers (or…  Sell More Books!)

Amidst all the noise and nonsense in the world, more and more, the only voices I’ll listen to are those with a positive message.

And if you’ve got a positive voice, and I’m marginally interested in what you’re working on, there’s a really good chance I’m going to buy your products, be that books or homewares, shoes or art.

Emotion is contagious. Positivity is contagious.

You put out a positive voice, you’ll make people feel good, you’ll make people want to help themselves and help you – and how do we help authors? By buying books and writing reviews.

I’m not one to say that it’s important that people like you or that we should try to please people. But it is nice to bring hope, to shed a little light, and that’s easy to do with a smile and a happy word. The more people you’re connecting with, the more books you’re selling, the more books you’re writing. Happy = More Writing. Once again.

Do you find your mood affects your productivity for better or for worse? Do you engage more with positive people? Are you trying to foster a more positive attitude in your own work?

Share your thoughts!


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Kate Krake writes speculative fiction and non-fiction. She is the author of the urban fantasy series Guessing Tales. Kate blogs about popular culture, health, wellness and creative writing. She lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband, daughter and two beagles. Find out more on www.katekrake.com.
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