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R: Research

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Here’s some affirmations for research. As always, feel free to change any to reflect your own voice and needs.

R: Research

My research adds details to my writing, creating a realistic scene.

Research helps make my characters believable.

I easily locate the sources I need for my research.

The research tools I need cross my path as if by magic.

I make contact with the experts I need that share their experience and expertise with me.

I have a system in place that keeps my research organized and makes it easy to locate key information.

I easily collect the information I need.

I know when I need more research.

I know when to stop collecting data and start writing.



Q: Queries

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More affirmations for writers, to go with the letter of the day – Q.


I joyfully send my queries to editors, agents and publishers.

I set aside time each week to query and search for publishing opportunities.

I regularly submit queries.

My queries are succinct and to the point.

My queries go to the correct people that need to see them.

I research opportunities and send queries for the best possible fit.

My queries include all the necessary information.


P: Patience

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Here are some affirmations to use to bring patience to a writer’s world. Change up any as needed to reflect your own voice and needs.


I am patient.

I see my career unfolding before me, like a pathway, one brick at a time.

Every day I make progress.

Each brick I add to my pathway contributes to my success.

My planning and plotting is as necessary to my success as my writing.

It is what it is. In my life and in my writing.

I am at peace with where I am.

Everything blossoms and unfolds in its own timing.



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The old adage ‘When one door closes, another one opens’ holds true for me as a writer also.

When one story, query, proposal or poem is rejected, another opportunity presents itself.

One door shutting is only temporary. Windows fly open. Other doors spring open.

The possibilities are endless.

I see places to present my work.

Friends share avenues full of opportunity.

I stumble across contests, editors, and publications.

It is no accident. The universe supplies me with unlimited opportunities.

I am open and receptive.

Opportunities to submit my work and my words abound.

I am open and see the possibilities.


M: My Writing Affirmations

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My writing is active.

I use strong verbs.

I use precise nouns.

My prose has proper sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation

My adverbs are few.

I banish passive sentences from my writing.

My writing is clear, in its intent and story line.

Clichés are sparse. They are allowed only when invited to create the perfect accent.

My vocabulary is varied and interesting.

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L: Life & Writing Affirmations

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L: Life & Writing Affirmations

My writing reflects real life.

My life experiences are my training ground for writing.

The people in my life – both past and present – are inspirations for my characters.

My real life world is a rich source of material for my stories.

Writing is an integral part of my life.

I live my life fully and create spaces in it for my writing.

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K: Kid’s Writing Affirmations

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K: Kid’s Writing Affirmations

This post shares some affirmations for those writing for children. I had to stretch a little here, I’d normally list it as Writing for Children. But, I needed a ‘K’ word for today’s A to Z Blog Challenge and I was coming up short. So…Kids it is.

And, as usual, modify any of the suggested affirmations to meet your own voice and needs.

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I easily get ideas for my children’s stories.

My own experiences are a wonderful source of material.

I choose one idea and sketch it out.

I keep my picture books simple.

I keep the child’s eye view of the world in mind.

The language in my children’s books are rich and interesting.

My children’s writing is short and snappy.

My young readers find plenty of action in my books.

I write words that make pictures.

My young adult writing channels both familiar emotions and unfamiliar experiences.

My young adult writing explores ideas that are meaningful to teens.

The characters I create for children are real and complex.

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