It’s Monday Morning and You Are a Writer

It’s Monday morning and you are a writer.

How do you want to feel about your writing this week?

I want to feel productive, competent, and inspired.

How do you want to feel? Write your answers here:




What do you need to think in order to feel this way about your writing?

I believe our feelings are always a result of our thoughts, so if I want to change how I feel I need to change what I’m thinking.

If I think thoughts like the one I most often have: I don’t have time to write, I feel really defeated. When I think that thought, I invariably get no writing done.

Instead, I need to think thoughts like:

  • I have plenty of time to get my writing done this week.
  • When I sit down to write, the words will come.
  • I get to write this week.

What is the thought you are most often thinking about your writing?

If you, like me, find yourself thinking a negative thought that leads to a negative feeling, can you choose to think something different? Thoughts that lead to those positive feelings you listed above, for example?

What thoughts do you need to think to have those feelings?




Once I’m aware of my negative thought, I can change it. I do this primarily by looking at my calendar and identifying all the times during the week that are available for me to write, thereby disproving that (totally unhelpful) thought.

Then I look at my list of positive thoughts and I see they are just as true—or truer—that the negative thought I’ve been thinking (out of habit or just because it’s safer.) So I focus on the positive thoughts and I feel so much better.

I feel productive, competent, and inspired.

When I feel this way, it’s easy to block off those available slots in my calendar and dedicate them to writing.

I’m excited to start my week and get some writing done.


Diane MacKinnon, MD, Master Certified Life CoachDiane MacKinnon, MD: is a writer, blogger, family physician, life coach, mom, and stepmom. I’m focused on doing what I love and designing my life, so at the end of the day (week, year) I’ve accomplished the things that are important to me and moved in the direction I want to go.


26 thoughts on “It’s Monday Morning and You Are a Writer

  1. As a participant of Writing 201: Poetry Class, I produced my first Haiku for the first assignment and comments say I did it justice. It makes me feel I achieved something in my writing. That I entered another phase. I have to keep the positive attitude of: “I can do it” and continue trying my best in order to learn.

    • Hi impossiblebebong,
      Good for you! I think that attitute of “I can do it” will serve you well. If you think you can’t, you won’t.

      Best wishes!


  2. I’m so glad to have found you! Im working to carve time each week to write and to tend to the other big rocks in my life. You’re right: there is always time.

    • Hi Deliverately Delicious,
      I’m glad you’ve found me, too! It’s wonderful to have this community of writers. We are all in different places along the path, but we also have so much in common!

      Happy writing!


  3. I wake up thinking I love to write. But I have to schedule a regular time for it. Normally, I write between 8:30 and 12:30. Afternoons are for marketing. When I get out of that pattern, I get in trouble. 🙂 –Curt

    • Hi Curt,
      Thanks for reading and commenting. I love that you have a schedule and you stick to it. My days are variable, so I have to look ahead and see where I can fit in writing. It works best when I look a week ahead but even when I only look at the next day’s schedule and tell myself, “Oh, I’ll write then,” I’m much more likely to get some writing done.

      Keep up the good work!


  4. Hi Diane, Thank you for these instructions on how to change how we think. There really is power in positive thinking. -Deborah.

    • Hey Deborah,
      You’re welcome! I firmly believe in the old saying, “The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.” I think positivity is one of the best ways to make sure your mind is your most useful tool, rather than a way to create worry and anxiety.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


    • Hi memorybasket,
      Thanks for your comments and for reading. I’m so glad you’ve started a blog. It’s a scary thing to do but if you want to write, it’s a great way to get started. I checked out your blog. Your experiences and memories make great content!

      Happy writing!


  5. Dude. This was an awesome post. This is a great perspective! I love the positive spin and that Tony Robbins mentality applied to writing. Thanks so much for posting this and reminding me to get back on track!

    • Hi The Guat,
      Thanks very much for your comments and for reading. Tony Robbins may be a cliche, but managing your mind rather than letting your mind manage you is the way to go, if you ask me!

      Here’s to getting back on track! (I do it over and over again!)


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