Hey, I’m Tiffany and I suffer from impostor syndrome. You may have heard of it before, sometimes it is referred to as writer’s block, fear or artistic strain. But what exactly is it?
Impostor syndrome is that awful nagging feeling you get that you’re a fraud and they don’t have the necessary skills or ability to complete your professional goals. Maybe don’t have a professional writing degree, or professional training in your chosen field. After a why would anyone want to read your book or novel? Or you’re not experienced enough to give proper writing advice? Or you don’t feel like a real also because you’re not traditionally published. Impostor syndrome can affect not just writers but bloggers and other creative entrepreneurs.
My own version of impostor syndrome often makes me feel I’m not good enough especially to give things on writing advice or to teach others about writing self publishing – which I’m planning to do. Even though I’ve written over 10 books this year (some of which won’t be published until the New Year) I often get the feeling after I’ve written a book that people won’t like it unless it’s complete rubbish.
The how do you overcome impostor syndrome?
- Stop comparing yourself to other people. You may often fill a fraud when you compare yourself to other more successful authors or bloggers. Remember you aren’t them. You are your own person and do your own things. No one has the same experiences as you and no one can explain it in a way you can.
- Savour what success or skills that you do already have. Doesn’t matter if you have some kind of professional degree, degrees aren’t everything. No one has the experience or knowledge that you have or can present in the way you can. If you’ve published a novel or regularly write a blog remember so many people don’t ever guess far as that. A lot of bloggers burn out over time and many writers never even publish even one book.
- Remember you’re not alone. Research some of your favourite authors or bloggers. By doing this you will realise that most of them at some point in their careers have suffered from impostor syndrome and have suffered from gout and insecurities. You’re not alone, many people often feel the same thing.
- Figure out what’s causing your impostor syndrome. By getting rid of impostor syndrome it’s important to figure out what is actually causing it. Identify those thoughts or feelings. We can’t solve a problem if you don’t know what it is. When she figured it out, going do something about it.
- Just get on with things. No matter what’s causing your impostor syndrome, if you feel you can’t do something just go ahead and do it. Don’t let that fear and anxiety stop you from doing the things you want to do. Just go ahead and do it.
Have you ever suffered from impostor syndrome? If so, what did you do to overcome it?