The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.
It’s no wonder Sylvia Plath became a poet; she’d been keeping daily diaries and journals since she was a child. This particular quote comes from the journals Plath kept during her time at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She was grappling with the decision of going to summer school at Harvard for a writing course she wished to take, or heading home for the season. Ultimately she decided to go home, noting, “Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.” Not going to Harvard wouldn’t hurt her creativity, she figured, as long as she didn’t doubt her own abilities.