Hi, I’m Jessica’s Creativity and today I’m laying down a challenge!
Are you a little petulant?
Do you say “can’t” too often?
Adults tend to associate the petulant use of “can’t” with small children who refuse to eat vegetables, take baths or enter indentured servitude.
But in my experience, adults are equally guilty of saying “can’t” when they really “could” if they got out of their own way, got off their high horse or got down to rainbow tacks (because brass tacks are sooo passé).
For example, have you ever finished reading a book and thought to yourself, “I can’t write something like that”?
Have you been blessed with the incandescent light bulb of an idea only to say, “I can’t do that idea justice, so I won’t even try writing it”?
Or what about the ever popular, “I can’t write today, because I promised to walk Aunt Mable’s tapir (or whatever common excuse you use)”?
If you spend your life effectively nipping yourself in the bud every time you come close to writing about something brilliant, you know what happens? You end up bushy with no flowers…because you nipped all the buds…
Yes…well…let’s pretend that little flop of a joke didn’t happen and move on, shall we?
Anyway, for this month’s creative action I want you to do one very simple thing which could make an incredible difference to your writing life.
The next time you read an inspiring book, say to yourself, “I can write something inspiring like that.”
Why? Because you can. With your own unique writing voice and your own unique writing drive you can inspire someone with your words.
The next time you get a flash of an idea, say to yourself, “I can do that idea justice. I’ll try writing it.”
Why? Because you can. It may take time. You may have to learn some new skills and hurdle a few mountains in the process, but it’s possible.
The next time you’re tempted to find an excuse not to write today, say to yourself and anyone listening, “I can write today.”
Why? Because, you guessed it, chances are you can. Get out of your own way and settle yourself in front of the page. See what happens. Prove yourself right by writing at least one word. Then follow it up with one more. See?! You can!
Right, off you go! Say CAN!
And then don’t forget to pop back here and leave a comment telling us what you did. 😉