by Diana Stout, MFA, PhD
As writers, we’d like to think that our work will bring us an abundance of wealth, but what if it doesn’t?
Is there anything we can do that would make a difference?
Would you be surprised if I said, “Yes, there is”?
Some Universal Laws
The Law of Abundance is a powerful, amazing, and profound Law, as are all of the Universal Laws. Surprisingly, most of these Laws are unknown, misunderstood, scoffed at, or ignored.
The Universal Laws are quite simple, actually. They are in motion always, responding to our actions, our thoughts, our beliefs, and to the things we say regardless if our words, thoughts, and actions are negative or positive. Every day. 24/7.
We attract people, things, events, circumstances, and happenings. Likewise, we are attracted to those who are like us in beliefs, judgments, sense of humor, hobbies, and so forth.
More About the Law of Abundance
The Law of Abundance is also known as The Law of Compensation. This Law embraces the common phrase, You reap what you sow. Would you be surprised to learn that the Law of Karma fits that phrase, too, as does the Law of Cause and Effect?
Abundance comes in many forms, not just monetary, and sometimes it is uneven. For example, while I’ve been blessed with abundance in many areas of my writing, the monetary element has been scarce.
Actually, I’m here today because of the Law of Abundance. I’m living one of my dreams of being a contributor to this award-winning Writers in the Storm blog.
But, I think I’m really here because of my recent request of wanting to find my audience. The Beginning of My Journey
I floundered during those early years, as so many of us do, trying to find my life’s purpose. I would have loved having a life coach. Instead, I made do with how-to books. Looking back, I can see that I had to take this longer path to find my life’s full purpose.
At the beginning of my writing life, I just wanted to see my name in print. And it happened. Quickly.
According to Jenny Hansen’s earlier July 15 here at WITS, Are Writers Born, or Are Writers Made? she suggests that “the majority of writers are forged from fear or pain or loss.”
While I’d been writing from these three perspectives through my early articles and journals, I believe there’s another category of writers, the category that was the impetus for my wanting to write romance books: the dollar-signs-in-the-eyes writer.
At the time, I was reading a romance per day, reading interviews of favorite authors that included their earnings. Analyzing these 200-page fun reads with their happily-ever-after endings, I thought, I could write these.
I could hear the cha-ching.
My purpose became money-focused and despite all the publications and bylines that followed, including the three traditionally published books, and speaking at various groups by invitation, I still wasn’t earning a living from my writing. (Indie publishing was more than a decade away.)
My Road to Writers In the Storm
As I mentioned earlier, I’m here today because of the Law of Abundance. I’ve had a long-term dream of contributing to this award-winning Writers in the Storm blog. Let me explain…
A few weeks ago, I had told a writer friend that I wanted—needed actually—to find my audience, and learn where they hung out. When I told her about this blog opportunity, her mouth dropped open in a huge “O” and she said, “Diana, those readers are your audience.”
The Law of Abundance had heard my request and put the people in my path who could make this event happen.
How the Law of Abundance Has Worked for Me
The Law of Abundance tends to shower tremendous gifts on those who not only ask, but who show up and do the work.
As many writers know, it’s a challenge to balance writing with a day job. I had a particular dream when I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree. I wanted to attend a hard-to-get-into MFA program that was a good 45-minute drive one-way. I didn’t know how I’d pay for the program and my current job didn’t leave me time for it.
I seeded a piece of paper with money owed me into a houseplant with a wish for the means to attend. I also applied for the MFA program’s scholarship with little confidence that I’d get it.
A few weeks later, I was invited to transfer to a new job with hours that allowed me time to travel the distance to attend the afternoon classes for my coveted MFA program. Now, if I could just figure out how to pay for it…
Then I received the miraculous news that I’d been awarded a full scholarship for that MFA degree, which allowed me to teach the craft of writing full time.
Later, when I asked the department’s chair how I had managed to win the scholarship over another talented writer, the chair told me that I not only had more previous writing experiences including publications, I also had stellar grades and fantastic recommendations from employers, co-workers, and teachers.
I’d asked for what I wanted, and I showed up and did the work. How can the Law of Abundance help you, as a writer? Watch Your Words
- Don’t say: I’m not a writer because I’m not published.
- Instead say: I’m a writer because I’m putting words to paper. I’m a writer because I’m creating stories with interesting characters.
Do the Work
- Don’t write only when you’re in the mood.
- Do create a habit where you write every day, even if only for 10 minutes a day! Write even when you don’t know what to write. Just start putting words on paper. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the words will start flowing. Sometimes, it just takes priming the pump.
Believe in Yourself
- Don’t ever think to yourself that you’re wasting your time, that you can’t write.
- Do tell yourself repeatedly that you’re a good writer, learning your craft.
Over the years, I’ve studied and restudied the Laws, analyzed and tested them, and have made corrections in my own behavior. I’ve learned that if I’m not getting what I want, the Law isn’t at fault—I am.
The Law of Abundance has always given me exactly that upon which I had focused.
With my writing, the Law of Abundance has provided me with bylines, publications, wins and placements in contests, awards, meeting the right people, putting me in the right place at the right time (with my preparedness) for speaking engagements and writing opportunities, and gifted me my last two degrees monetarily.
The Law of Abundance can work for you, just as it has for me. Believe in yourself, do the work by pursuing your craft, and watch your words, especially as to how they pertain to you as a writer.
If you want to learn more, I am teaching a class called Bringing Abundance Into Your Life that starts TODAY. It’s based on my recent publication, Finding Your Fire & Keeping It Hot. You’ll receive a free ebook copy of Finding Your Fire if you click the link and sign up. I hope to see you there!
Note: This opportunity, too, is the result of a request I had made to the Universe.
Do you believe in the Universal Laws? How have you seen them at work in your life and your writing? Please share your journey with us down in the comments!
Please join us in welcoming Diana to Writers In the Storm!!!
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Diana Stout is a screenwriter, author, blogger, writing coach, former English professor, and award-winning writer of multiple genres. Her latest fiction release was Arrested Pleasures: A Laurel Ridge Novella (#3 in the series).
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