mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
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Daily Affirmations

I was talking with another writer yesterday about the use of a daily affirmation to help one get started writing. The idea behind an affirmation is that you write the same sentence five times or so, stating something that you want to be true or that you consider true.

After a little bit of discussion, we came up with the phrase

A writer is who I am.

That sounded all good and writer-y. But then it occurred to us that if you really consider yourself a writer, it might make more sense to use a more compact form of the affirmation:

I am a writer.

After all, Strunk and White did advise us in The Elements of Style to omit needless words.

And yet...there seems to be something more definitive about the first sentence, something that makes it better as an affirmation. But I can't put my finger on it. So, here's a poll and a spark for discussion. Even if you don't use affirmations, please feel free to participate. And help me figure out why I prefer option 1, even though option 2 is better English.

Poll #816493 Daily Affirmation for Writers

Do you use daily affirmations?

Yes
1(2.1%)
No
35(74.5%)
Sometimes
11(23.4%)

Of the two daily affirmations given above, I prefer

A writer is who I am.
10(21.3%)
I am a writer.
37(78.7%)

If my wife gnomi were writing the poll, right here you'd have the option to check a ticky-box containing the interjection

Narf!
36(100.0%)


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Tags: personal, writing, writing-advice
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