What You Really Mean When You Say ‘I Can’t’

If I can’t write something, it’s because I either don’t understand the information I’ve found for the client’s request, or I’m not familiar enough with the topic. If someone wants me to find and add pictures to an article, I can’t go out and find them, because I can’t see them. However, if I have them saved as a JPEG file, I can upload them to my site or attach them as an email for a client.
When it comes to my fiction, I may not be able to write at the moment, but I always try to find time to write.
Thanks for such a wonderful post.

Meg Dowell Writes

“I can’t do this.”

Have you ever said these words out loud to yourself after struggling with something? When you’ve reached a point where you don’t think you could possibly type another word, correct another piece of improper grammar, or answer yet another email?

I have.

“I can’t” is a part of my vocabulary I wish I’d never adopted. It hangs around all the same.

It is a sentence I actually say out loud quite frequently. But every time I do, I catch myself and do the best I can to (1) take back the lie and (2) figure out what’s prompting me to generate that automatic response to a problem that’s difficult to solve.

Because the truth is, I CAN do it. I CAN write those last 1,000 words. I CAN finish that blog post. I CAN, and I WILL. It just feels like I can’t, because there is…

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