Can’t. Because…

by Nancy Casey

There are lots of things you can’t do, and lots of different reasons why.

Maybe you don’t want to. Maybe you don’t know how. Maybe you know how, but it’s beyond your physical abilities. Maybe it’s not humanly possible. Maybe someone or something is preventing you.

Whatever the reasons, there are gazillions of things you can’t do. Write about some of them today.

Set up your page first. Draw a line at the top where the title will go and set aside some space to draw or doodle while you are thinking.

Begin your first sentence with, “I can’t …” Then continue on to describe something that you can’t do. Then write the word “because”  and explain why you can’t do it.

Maybe this thing you can’t do is so complicated that it will take your entire page to write about it. If not, and there is still room on the page, describe something else that you can’t do and explain why you can’t do it.

Continue writing about what you can’t do and the reasons why until you have filled the page.

Read over your work. Make small changes if you need to. Add some color or decoration to the page if you haven’t already. When you are satisfied with the page, give it a title and write the date on it, too.

Here is an example of what someone could write.

You can share your work by posting it as a comment below. You can type it in, or take a photo of it and upload the image.


Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. She taught the Write-For-You writing class at the Recovery Center last summer and will return again in the spring. For more information about classes and writing certificates, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Center.

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