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Saying "I'm a Bad Writer" Makes No Sense

Change that sentence

When you say, “I’m a bad writer,” you’re saying something that makes no sense. You can’t criticise yourself as a writer. But you can criticise your writing.

So you can say, “My writing is bad.”

Now I get what you’re saying.

But do you think saying that will help you improve your writing? Is that a useful belief to have? If it is, adopt it. If it demoralises you, then change it.

“My writing is improving,” “My writing is not as good as I want it to be yet,” “I’m working on my writing.”

The way you talk to yourself has consequences.

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Fabio Cerpelloni is an English language teacher, writer, author, and podcaster from Italy. You can find out more about him and his work by clicking on his glass of beer in the photo.