I’ve been hearing a lot about Imposter Syndrome lately. It comes down to a person not believing they deserve what they’ve achieved, or that they aren’t due the accolades coming their way. They feel like they somehow haven’t earned their achievements or the praise of others or the respect people show them.
They believe they are imposters. Instead of believing they’ve earned their position, praise, or success, they consider it good luck or chalk it up to being in the right place at the right time.
Take a second and ask yourself if you’ve felt this way in the past, or if you’re experiencing it now in connection with your writing?
If you’re suffering from imposter syndrome in your writing life, I’m here to encourage you to let it go! The best way to do that is to shift your mindset. Start by making a list of all your skills. Acknowledge your strengths, your accomplishments, and all the positives you bring to your writing career.
- Redefine what it means to be a writer. Realizing that you don’t have to be published to be a writer may help you stop thinking you’re an imposter.
- Stay focused on all of those positives rather than uncertainties, fears, or doubts.
- Do not compare yourself to anyone else. You are on YOUR journey and no one else’s. Don’t let anyone else into your head.
- Let go of the idea of perfection. Writing is a process. You can fix anything on the written page, so let go and just write.
- Create a dedicated space for writing. It’s a mental thing and can help you get into your writing headspace more fully.
- Create mini-goals, and reward yourself when you’ve achieved them. It may mean writing 500 words a day; it may mean plotting a new story; it may mean completing a lesson in a writing course you’re taking. Acknowledge the small wins. They will add up to bigger wins.
You ARE a writer, so don’t let imposter syndrome hinder your creativity.
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