When someone important to you finds out you’re writing a book, have you ever wished you could just disappear under a rock until they go away? Because all of a sudden, that other person is asking you about your story… making assumptions about its quality or lack thereof… making assumptions about you as a person… as an author?
And maybe in that moment the very last thing you feel like is a talented writer.
Probably this doesn’t plague you everyday, but when it does it’s a gut punch to the stomach.
Neil Gaiman describes Impostor Syndrome as “that constant feeling that you’re about to be revealed as a total fraud.”
Despite penning multiple NY Times bestsellers, most famous authors confess to boxing this demon. If you find yourself in the ring as well, you might take comfort in the company of John Steinbeck, Cheryl Strayed, Brene Brown, Maya Angelou, and well… pretty much everyone.
I highly recommend “The Successful Author Mindset” by Joanna Penn. It’s available in softcover and hardback, but my personal favorite is the audiobook, because somehow having words of reassurance whispered into my ear is so much more powerful.
As Joanna describes, “Being a writer is not just about typing. It’s also about surviving the rollercoaster of the creative journey. Self-doubt, fear of failure, the need for validation, perfectionism, writer’s block, comparisonitis, overwhelm, and much more. When you’re going through these things, it can feel like you’re alone. But actually, they are part of the creative process, and every author goes through them, too.”
In this joyous season, if you find yourself feeling down… I urge you to remember that your words have power. You have a message to share. And there’s a world out there who needs to hear it.
Write with joy and confidence!