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Leanne is a popular workshop speaker on many subjects such as the use of affirmations, brainstorming, emotion and sexual tension. If your organization would like Leanne to speak, please send her an email.

Leanne in the NEWS!

Writers offer tips on romancing readers.

Sheathed in a slit dress pink enough to shock a flamino, Leanne Banks - author of more than 30 best-selling romance novels - stood before a rapt roomful of aspiring romance writers and revealed the secret beating heart of her trade.

Do you get discouraged? Do you need a way to keep on keeping on in your quest to be a published author? Read Affirmations with a personal note from Leanne to learn a technique that Leanne still finds useful even after writing 32 books!

by Rita Rainville

***If these notes are duplicated, please give credit to Shad Helmstetter, author of The Self-Talk Solution, Workshop presenter, Rita Rainville, and Leanne Banks.

A Personal note from Leanne:

I had to re-type these affirmations because I couldnít find the file on my new computer. It was a wonderful exercise. I felt as if I was visiting a long-time friend who always wants the best for me. I attended a workshop given by Rita Rainville many years ago, and thatís where I was first introduced to self-affirmations. When I first decided to write, I set a goal of writing and selling a series romance within two years. I asked for help from the most experienced critiquers in my RWA chapter and I entered contests. I donít think I ever placed in one single contest before I was published. Some of the comments I got back from judges felt like bullets. That was when I started using self-affirmations daily to beat the discouragement. I chose five affirmations, wrote them on 3x5 cards and read them aloud 3x a day. I viewed it as taking vitamins. :o) I confess I often laughed as I read the affirmations aloud. Me organized? BTW, thereís a little trick if you canít bear to say "I am ..." then you can say "I am becoming ..." The objective is to condition your brain to move you in the direction you want to go.

Amazingly enough, I beat my goal of writing and selling a book within two years, but not without being rejected three times first. My second book was rejected twice, my third book was rejected three times. My first choice publisher did not buy me until I had sold EIGHT books to other publishers! Even as a published author, the potential for discouragement and rejection abounds. What if the book doesnít sell well? What if the reviewer doesnít "get" it? So, as you can see, these affirmations are powerful tools at just about any time during a writerís career. I hope they will be as helpful to you as they have been to me. Meet my longtime friend and coach - Self-Affirmations.



* Every day, in every way, Iím getting better and better.
* I like and respect myself. I know I am a worthy, capable and valuable person.
* I guide my own destiny, and Iím accountable for the results of my decisions and actions. I reinforce my successes and correct for errors.
* I easily anticipate and experience events in my imagination before they actually happen.
* I am my own expert, and I am not affected by the negative attitudes and opinions of others.
* I easily balance the needs of my family with my own need to write.
* Creativity flows through me easily and effortlessly.
* I am a talented writer.
* I have a positive expectancy of big success, and I take temporary setbacks easily.
* I am a creative person and develop my plots with confidence and imagination.
* Images and words come easily when I sit down to write.
* I have unlimited potential; I have unlimited creativity.
* I happily accept the joys and responsibilities of being published and welcome success.
* I write daily with excitement, enthusiasm, and confidence.
* I am well-organized and have a vivid picture of my goals.
* I donít wait for inspiration. Work inspires inspiration. If I succeed, I keep working. If I fail, I keep working. Whether I feel interested or bored, energized or tired, encouraged or discouraged, I keep working.
* I have the craftsmanship and creativity to successfully finish this book.

More self-affirmations from Shad Helmstetter:


* I have talents and skills and abilities. I even have talents and skills that I donít know about yet. And I am discovering new talents inside myself all the time.
* I invest my time and energies where I choose. My time and energy are gifts which I guard and give by my choice - - but never by the demands, dictates, or the expectations of others.
* I am a winner. I am absolutely determined to achieve my aims. I am steadfast and persistent in the pursuit of my goals, and I will not give up.
* Each day my confidence in my self-expression grows stronger and even more positive. I express myself easily, without fear or uncertainty.
* Each day I consciously remove from my mind the imaginary bindings of self-doubt and the unnecessary limitations of uncertainty and fear.
* I am never afraid to try.
* I was not created to fail; I was created to succeed. Success is a part of who I am and a part of everything about me.

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