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"?
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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Good luck with your class, Diana! I enjoyed the book Finding Your Fire, and I know it will help others. Lots of good information.
I'm always so busy just putting my head down doing the work that I rarely think to ask for what I want. This is an interesting way of adding an element of gratitude and mindfulness into my writing life.
Thanks, Diana...and welcome to WITS!!!
Thank you, Jenny! I'm absolutely thrilled to be here.
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This is an interesting concept, Diana.
I'm a big believer in balance in life.
Welcome to WITS!
Diana, it's always fascinating to hear about how people get inspired -- I tend to think of those as coming from God rather than from Universal Laws, but it's probably all the same force at work for good in the world!
Yes, all called different names, Universe, God, gut instinct, little voice, and so forth. Thanks for visiting, Laurie. 🙂
Welcome, Diana! So fabulous to meet you and have you joining us here at WITS. This post made me very happy. I almost signed up for your class, but I'm going to restrain myself because I have an abundance of work in my life right now. I'll be watching the Writer Univ course list to see when it comes up again!
I just rushed out and bought your ebook, though, because I can see that I need this. I've definitely found my passion, but I'm at that stage where I am in danger of burning out.
I look forward to learning more from you in the future.
Awww, thanks for becoming a fan and for your kind words. As long as you have vision, passion, AND action, you'll not face burnout. That happens when one has passion and action but no vision. I suspect you have a goal if not many goals. As long as you listen to that internal voice when it tells you to slow down or move ahead, you'll do just fine. Thanks for visiting! You've given me hope that this class could be a repeat in the future.
I believe you can manifest what you believe--you must still put in the work.
For several years, I've been saying I want to be published again. I've put in the work and made submissions, many were rejections, but today I received a contract.
denise stout (no relation)
OMG, I am so excited for you, Denise! Congratulations!!!!
Thank you, Jenny!
Yes, that's one of the secrets of the Law of Abundance--that you must do the work. That work reveals your level of desire! Congratulations on being provided that abundance.
And, wouldn't you know it. My middle name is Denise!!!
Thanks for sharing your success with us.
Welcome to WITS! Before I read this article, I wouldn't call what I do as following the Law of Abundance but I do believe in positive thinking, in hard work, and being open to opportunities. I hope abundance keeps pouring into your life and plan to work for it in mine own.
Lynette, thank you so much for commenting. You pretty much nailed what the Law of Abundance is all about and you've been doing it without even realizing it! Wishing you much success, too!
Great post. I've seen the law of abundance in your life. In our write-ins I've heard you put things out into the universe, sometimes intentionally, sometimes casually, only to hear days/weeks later how some aspect of that has come to you. Sorry to miss your class, but I'm enjoying your book.
Thanks, Diana! You were the one that connected my desire of audience that I made weeks ago to my getting this assignment!! So glad that you're enjoying the book. Hugs.
Great post, Diana! So glad to hear about your successes, but then, you definitely do the work to get there.
Diana, your post has great meaning for me. I learned all about the universal laws of attraction years ago through a wildly popular book and movie. I practiced mindful thinking, gave gratitude for everything in my life, got rid of negatives. I had so many wonderful things manifest themselves. Somehow I slowly let go of most of the processes and have let too much negativity in. Thanks for this reminder that we have control of our destinies by practicing intention, gratitude and positive thinking. I know your class will be a great success.
Thanks, Barb!!! Sounds like we've traveled down some similar paths. Thanks for sharing. Wish you much success on your journey, too.
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