Has everyone heard of impostor syndrome?
It’s that feeling we’ve all experienced where, despite our accomplishments, we’re unable to feel like we’ve earned our spot. Like we’re a creative imposter and someone is going to find out we don’t belong.
I don’t know any creative person who has never internalized this feeling.
But the truth is: we’ve all earned our spots, because the only opinion that matters is yours. So shake off those insecurities and learn to be the boss of your creative life.
- You are your harshest critic. Don’t beat yourself up. Treat yourself like you’d treat any other critique partner.
- If you don’t respect your writing time, no one else will. Make those quiet moments count.
- You decide what your idea of success is. Don’t let anyone tell you who you should be.
- If you want to write for you, that’s okay. Getting published doesn’t define a writer.
- Give your life breathing room to allow creative thoughts to come in. When you schedule your day down to the minute where will inspiration come from?
- If you want to be a writer you must do two things: call yourself a writer and write.
- Imposter syndrome means that people overcompensate to outwardly show like they belong. But what matters most is quietly chipping away at your goals in a way that is meaningful to you.
- It could take months, or it could take years. Don’t stop when the going gets tough. This isn’t a craft you learn quickly. Read this Writer’s Digest article by my author Karen Katchur.
- We spend our lives writing, talking and also non-verbally communicating. Listen and look at what’s happening around you: those are the honest parts of life that need to make it into your writing to make it come alive. Desk time isn’t the only writing time.
- Give yourself permission to make mistakes. As long as you learn from them they’re all part of your process. And give yourself permission to break routine. As long as you know the difference between a routine that’s no longer working and taking a day off.
- A “no” only gets you closer to the “yes” that matters. And all it takes is one yes.