Your Writing Mindset: A Gift You Can Give Yourself by Mary Caelsto

Your Writing Mindset: A Gift You Can Give Yourself

By Mary Caelsto


So it’s my birthday week and I’ve been thinking a lot about gifts. There are a couple of nifty gadgets I’d really like to have, but there are also things that are intangible that’d be good to have, too. When it comes to writing, there are gifts, one actually, that every author can give him or herself. It’s the gift of a good mindset.

I know. I can hear you groaning. A good mindset, what exactly does that mean? And how is that going to affect my writing? I hear your questions, and your dubious concerns.

A good mindset for your writing is one which serves you. I’m not saying be a shiny, happy person all the time like in the R.E.M. song. Bubbly doesn’t make a good mindset when it’s forced. No, what I’m talking about is a good, supportive mindset in which you believe in your writing, you believe in what you’re doing, and you are feeling supported in what you are doing.

The first two are often the thoughts which come to authors more readily than the third. However it takes determination and a strength of will to believe in our own writing and in our work. To know that we’re on the right track, not looking to the left or to the right, is very important, and it’s something we work at. It’s the third part, feeling supported, which is the difficult part for writers.

Part of this is because writers work solitary. And part of this is because we may not have supportive people around us. It’s a sad fact, but also true. However for most of us, our not feeling supported is because we’re not sure what we need, or because we’re not seeing the loving arms surrounding us, ready to help us get to the next step. So how can a writer see those loving arms and all that support, because it’s there. You’d probably be surprised by how many people actually do support your writing career.

A prosperity practice can open us up to receiving the support we need from those around us. It also can help us clarify what we need, so we can make concise demands such as, “I really need more time to write. Can you share cooking duties with me?”. Or “I spend a lot of time promoting your works,” said to others in a writer’s group, “can you share mine on your social media stream, too?”

The good news is that a prosperity practice doesn’t have to be long or complicated. It can be as simple as you’d like. This year, I gave myself the gift of a prosperity practice, and it’s lent such new energy and enthusiasm to my work; I’m getting twice as much done now, and I know it’s from the focus that I receive from this practice.

The gift of a good mindset is a powerful one. It means that you believe in yourself and your work, and that you see the generous support of others around you. This mindset lifts you up, makes you eager to write, and most importantly, it helps you make the steps you need to reach your writing dreams.


Want to learn more about prosperity practices? Join Mary in March for Prosperity Practices For Writers, a six week class beginning March 21. Learn about personal prosperity practices and how you can integrate them into your writing and your life to help support and energize you toward your financial goals! To register visit There are deep discounts if you register before January 20.


pinnaclepark_102013_96dpi (1)Bio:

Mary Calesto lives in the Ozarks with her partner and a menagerie of animals, including two spoiled horses, an opinionated parrot, a wiggly puppy, an office bunny, and the not-so-itty-bitty kitty committee.  She has written romance for over ten years under a few different pen names. These days, she spends time with her own writing and also uses her lengthy experience in publishing to coach authors as The Muse Charmer ( Her goal is to show authors the tools they need to reach their goals by working on the inner writer through a variety of techniques, plus help the outer writer with solid industry and craft advice. Be sure to get your copy of her free cd, Easy Steps to Rekindle Your Passion For Your Publishing Career at her website.

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6 responses to “Your Writing Mindset: A Gift You Can Give Yourself by Mary Caelsto”

  1. It is important to have a positive mindset… not that the world will always be perfect but that when challenges happen, you see them as challenges not as failures. If you haven’t read the book, Mindset by Dwerk, I recommend it.

    • Melissa,
      I agree. I was a pessimist and was never happy-even with good news. Having a positive mindset has changed my perception and attitude.
      Thank you for your wonderful comment. I will look into Mindset 🙂

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