And this is why I don’t believe in the words, “I can’t”

There are two words I dislike as much as the beagle hates sobriety, and it’s “I can’t.”

Blah. Who ever found success by saying “I can’t”? Give it your all and don’t give up. Ever. And remember that when you do give up, you’re giving up on yourself. Go. Write. Be brilliant and never ever say “I can’t.” It may not be exactly what you hoped or imagined, but you can do it. Whatever it is.

And you know what? That is exactly why we publish the books we do. None of our writers ever said “I can’t.” You can see that in the fabulous stories they tell. They faced adversity in the eye and said, “Screw you, I’m not going home and climbing under the covers.” So go out and embrace your fabulosity.

I can finish my manuscript.
I can publish your book on time.
I can find my writer’s voice.
I can have the publishing contract I want.
I can continue to do my job, regardless of what’s going on in my personal life.

Life is meant to be lived, not a collection of excuses – so go out there and kick ass.

7 Responses to And this is why I don’t believe in the words, “I can’t”

  1. Julie Rowe says:


    Wow. An inspiring and uplifting video. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. I *can* so relate to this post:)

    Thanks Lynn!

  3. I think we all can, Mark!

  4. Yes, Yes, Yes…I can!

  5. Lev Raphael says:

    I assume that every author has had ups and downs that might not be public. You keep going no matter what. It helps to have the love of a non-author in your life, and a hobby or two, and a sense of humor, and dogs, faith (for some), and a taste for adventure, and regular exercise, and a host of good and balancing people and things to take the sting out of rejection and disappointment. I’ve been publishing for 30+ years and these realities don’t change.

  6. Bill Webb says:

    Very cool footage but um I kinda got freaked out by the guy who fell off the cliff. (That sort reminds me of my writing career.)

    I assume he had a parachute?

  7. Penelope J. says:

    Loved this post! Just what I need to read right now. It’s so easy to say, “I can’t,” and let something go. Sometimes, I admit that I’m tempted to throw in the towel, but I always come up and go on. They say that perseverance is more important than talent, and whether it’s writing or rock climbing, once you start, you have to finish.

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