Another slogan of 12-step programs involves acting “as if” or “fake until you make it.”
James Scott Bell talks about Ray Bradbury who was having a miserable time writing the script for Moby Dick for John Huston. Finally Bradbury looked in the mirror and said, “Behold, Herman Melville!”
I wonder if I could get away with it if I said, “Behold Fyodor Dostoyevsky! ”
It is worth a try.
On a more modest scale, Bell suggests acting like a professional writer, easier that pretending to be Melville or Dostoyevsky. But I am going to try anyway.