But Do You Think You Can Create It?

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When people find out I’m a writer, it often evokes a response like, “I would love to write” or “I have always wanted to write a book.” When I ask why they don’t, I’m met with a hint of embarrassment and, “Oh, I wouldn’t know where to start.”

Usually, with a little encouragement and some hard numbers (“If you wrote just 250 words a day, which you could probably easily do in less than thirty minutes, you’d have 91,000 words in a year — that’s a big book!”), they start to open up to the idea that maybe (just maybe) they could write after all.

Over the years, I’ve learned I can get words on paper. I can even do it in record time. Doesn’t matter. I still have my doubts, just like every other writer and creator in the history of ever. Maybe you’re familiar with some of them:

  • I don’t know if it’ll be worth anything.
  • I don’t know if anyone will like it.
  • I don’t know if anyone will read it.
  • I don’t know if it’ll be as good as [some famous person’s work].
  • I don’t know how to organize it.
  • I don’t know how to edit it.
  • I’m not sure I’m any good at it.

I was reading a book by Wayne Dyer yesterday, and one of his instructions stood out to me:

“Refuse to allow yourself to have low expectations about what you’re capable of creating.” — Wayne Dyer, 21 Days to Master Success & Inner Peace

That’s it. Simply refuse to allow yourself to have low expectations about what you’re capable of creating.

There’s not much more to it than that.

About the author

E.H. Bellefontaine

Evangeline Henry Bellefontaine is the fictional writer behind Maison d'Evangeline (and More Beautiful Good on Medium). She writes mostly on the topics of bibliotherapy (books + therapy), personal growth, and doing the work. Follow by subscribing to Bibliothérapie.

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Guiding Quote

A house extends skyward.
Like a tiny but proud cathedral,
it wishes to generate the highest
and the best in its inhabitants.
— John Truby

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