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Why writers get imposter syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is something that almost every writer suffers from at one point or another. What is imposter syndrome? It’s a feeling of you being a fraud, and someone is going to catch you being an imposter.

Am I a good writer? What if no one reads my book? What if everyone reads my book? What if no one likes it? Do these thoughts sound familiar? It’s very common for writers to fall into a slump and start doubting what they are doing. I’m in a mild slump right now and I’m feeling nervous about my book launch on March 8, so I’d like to discuss the topic here on the blog.

I have just finished reading the book The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn. The book describes how to survive the creative rollercoaster that being a writer can be. It discusses self-doubt, the fear of failure, comparison with other writers, the need for validation, writer’s block, and much more. Penn also gives tips on how to counteract the different negative phases. I found that it pragmatically goes through what most of us writers feel and would recommend the book to anyone who writes.

How to get over imposter syndrome? 

The first step is do realize that you suffer from imposter syndrome. The second step is to realise that you’re probably not as bad as you think. You’re not alone, imposter syndrome is something most people go through. Talk to other writers, a lot of them has been through the same thing and can give you advice on how to handle it. Remind yourself how hard you’ve worked to get to where you are today.

Do you have any advice on how to get through imposter syndrome? Please leave a comment.

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