I went through a phase, like most writers do, of despising my own work. In fact, I go through this almost every time I am editing. It takes a lot of work to get my first draft from a dyslexic mess to something that I’m okay with publishing. I think that this is probably similar for most writers, even those without dyslexia.
It’s hard to believe in what you are doing
Imposter syndrome is a nightmare. You think that someone else could write the story better, or perhaps that your wording isn’t good enough to hit publish. Here is the thing:
What you have to say is important.
Even if it might not be important to anyone else, if you feel as though it needs saying, then say it.
Everyone in this world is so different, every writer unique, every reader an entirely new person. Things that you think are obvious or self-evident might not be viewed that way by a different person.
Take me right now. I’m currently believing that this article isn’t valid or useful because I already know all of the information in it. The thing is that not everyone knows what I know. A few years ago, I didn’t know what I’m about to say, so that makes this article worthwhile.
All of your messages have value because they are something that you have taken the time to write down. Don’t be afraid to publish those if someone doesn’t like your article. They don’t have to keep reading it. You are not responsible for their time. What you are responsible for is your own writing. So keep writing things that you enjoy.
Sometimes we have to be our own biggest fans, but that’s not really the point of this article.
You need other people to believe in you too
In today’s hustle culture, we tend to believe that we need to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and keep working until we make it. While I’m not afraid of hard work, this message does have a loneliness that I don’t appreciate.
I have an incredible team of people around me that encourage me. They read my work when I’m nervous about it, they offer feedback and advice, but most importantly, they are there for me on the days that I want to throw my manuscript in the trash.
Having people that believe in your talent and want to actively support you and your work is going to do so much more for your motivation and confidence than self-belief ever will.
I wish more writers actively surrounded themselves with people that would encourage them. There can be a lot of competition and toxic creativity in the writing world, so caution is a must. I genuinely believe that finding a community of people to support you on your creative journey can keep you writing, even when you feel like an imposter.
As always, I cannot wait to see you on the bookshelf.