Reasons Why I Think I Can’t Be A Writer

Every day I’m attacked by All the negative thoughts that stop me from writing. So I thought I’d write them all here to see who can relate!

Jade Scott
2 min readAug 14, 2022


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I can’t be a writer. I’m extremely emo and most days it all feels like a weird fad that I am doing and I’m going to wake up from. I’ve been writing now since the 4th grade and every day I wake up saying “nope” this ain’t it. But I keep coming back. Here are my demons laid out here on display:

Reasons I Think I Can’t Be A Writer By Margot Macy.

  • I don’t have a degree in writing
  • My. punctuation, is horrible;
  • I don’t follow the formatting that I’m told to follow
  • I do what I want in life
  • I’m insane
  • I don’t know what to write about
  • I can’t write smart stuff
  • Too much existential dread
  • I’m black
  • I don’t think I’m worthy of being a writer
  • You all will eat me alive
  • No one wants to read my drivel anyway
  • I’m no Shakespeare
  • I’m no Hemmingway
  • I’m not fancy enough
  • My language isn’t flowery enough
  • I’m too lazy to really really put that extra oomph in
  • I don’t have the desire to grind
  • My depression is out of control

These are the reasons I can’t write but I keep showing up even though my mind is eating me alive. Writing helps with that a lot though.

What are some reasons you think you can’t write? What is your cripling self doubt telling you?



Jade Scott