Imposter Syndrome: Has this crossed your mind as a writer?

 

Do we all know what this means?

According to the internet, it means this: Impostor syndrome refers to an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be

So, as a writer, do you or have you ever experience imposter syndrome?

It is a term I have seen a lot over the last few years talked about when it comes to my profession. After seeing this for the umpteenth time, I pondered if I have had this feeling wash over me.

Before I was first published, I had symptoms of this as I tried to get to this level- have a book out into the world.

I have had people in my circle, through their words and action, who thought this was me- an imposter. Things would leak out to where I suspected I was not able to do what I had set before me.

It is hard to overcome regardless of what your job is. Trying to do something and make a good go out of it is hard enough. To have thoughts creep into your mind as well as through others weighs a person down. Ir can make the task at hand much harder to accomplish and make someone stop.

Thankfully, the writers in my group gave me the boost I needed to continue onward regardless of when I felt I was an imposter.

If you ever have these enter your mind take a good hard look at  where you were and compare it to where you are now. I suspect that you have grown in ways you might not have noticed.

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