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Acting “as if”

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.

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