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How being pessimistic about writing can make you a better writer

Originally posted on Yet Another Crime Book Blog:
Positive thinking is all over the place and for one good reason – it sells. Telling someone that they can control their own good fortune by simply deciding to think positively is a beautiful idea. And you know what? You think positive – you feel positive. It works, we’ve all experienced it, but isn’t that a little like saying, if you imagine the colour blue you will see the colour blue? More and more, the evidence is stacking up. Positive thinking can…