Overcoming Imposter Syndrome as a Writer

Imposter syndrome is the fear that writers often have that the quality of the work is not good enough. It is a strong form of self-doubt that can often result in procrastination, over editing, and excessive self-critiquing. Many writers suffer from it because they are not sure that they really have what it takes to be a writer.

Realize that the problem is real.

The first thing you need to do to overcome imposter syndrome is to realize that it is real. It is a problem that most writers struggle with from time to time and it can hold you back.

Realize that you are a writer if you are writing.

You need to realize that you are a writer as long as you are writing. As long as you keep working at it you will make progress and improve in the quality of your work.

Realize that you cannot do everything.

You need to realize that you cannot do everything. You cannot cover every topic. Do not be afraid to get tools like grammar and spell checks to help your writing. You may need help with editing. Whatever the case do not be afraid to get help from others.

Recognize your doubts and deal with them.

Realize that your doubts are real and deal with them. Find the source of your doubts and deal with them at the source. If your doubts come from inexperience get some experience. There are many places you can write online where it will be seen.

Make sure you keep on writing.

More than anything else keep on writing nothing will help you overcome your doubts than producing material. The more writing you do the more confidence you will gain particularly as you get feedback from others.

Imposter Syndrome is a real problem faced by writers. Do not allow it to gain control of you or it will ruin your writing career. More than anything else do not stop writing. Find ways that you can write for others that will give you feedback. It can be both encouraging as well as helping you to improve.